'Greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends'

Milford. Chaplain John Kupillas shared his closing prayer at Milford's 78th anniversary commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day.

23 Dec 2019 | 02:17

O God of our Fathers, we guard in our hearts today the sacred memory of those who gave their lives on that day which will live in infamy. Bless us, O Lord, as we humble ourselves in Thy presence to remember all who served our country so valiantly. Help us to always remember Pearl Harbor and help us to keep America alert.

May we never forget that more than 2,000 of our sons, fathers, brothers, and friends were killed, and more than 1,000 citizens of our land were wounded on December 7, 1941. Their sacrifices were not in vain. They defended American's freedom and demonstrated America's goodness.

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the brave men who embodied your love by making this ultimate sacrifice. You have declared "greater love hath no man than this, than to lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). May we be willing to follow their example when duty calls.

We also give thanks for those who survived the attack on our country and who went on with their lives in a way that portrayed honor to a watching world. They carried on with life even as they bore deep within them the haunting memories of what they witnessed, heard, and felt. Bless them with continued grace and mercy from your holy hand. Guide us and direct us in all that we do. Let us live to bring glory and honor to You.

All this we ask in Your Holy Name,

Amen.

Chaplain John Kupillas

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