falls on the last Monday in May in the USA. In the Commonwealth countries, the fallen in war are honoured on 11th November (Remembrance Day).
This page features three prayers for commemorating Memorial Day. The first is a contemporary prayer suitable for a Memorial Day service, the second is an Anglican prayer
which honours heroic service, and finally there is a simple Remembrance Day prayer for children
Memorial Day Prayer
Upon the cross, sorrow and pain and every dreadful, tragic consequence of sin was overcome.
Today we remember all those who have joined in that sacrifice for peace and justice.
We give thanks for the bravery of men and women who have served for harmony and love.
And in a world that is still torn and broken we declare that Jesus is Lord.
That hope overcomes despair,
That joy overcomes sorrow,
That peace overcomes hostility,
That love overcomes hate.
From the tomb, the promise of eternity emerged in a resurrected Christ.
Grace was poured into the hearts of all those who suffer, mourn and grieve.
Lord, we lift our hearts to you and continue to remember, to hope and to love.
(a contemporary Memorial Day prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)
• related reading - the soldier's prayer. This prayer from psalm 91 is often carried by American servicemen and women whilst engaged in conflict.
Remembrance prayer for children
We remember those who stood for love and truth,
And thank you for the sacrifice they made for me and you.
Thank you that we can now enjoy peace and learn to love not fight,
Thank you that we can now sing and play, and not be scared or hide.
We pray for other countries where children live in fear,
And there is war and fighting and many are in tears.
Please help to make things better, and bring some peace to them.
Protect all those who try and help to make friends again.
(a prayer suitable for children to say in school or church on Remembrance Day, from www.lords-prayer-words.com)