I thought some might like to read and pray the blessing prayers we said on Memorial Day at Sea Bright.
Benediction at the Memorial Service
We give you thanks
For those generous and brave
Men and women
Who gave their lives
In the cause of freedom
Inspire us to always revere
And raise up
Men and women
Encouraged by their example.
May their heroism and valor
Help bring true and lasting peace
To our troubled world.
Help us preserve our hard-won freedoms
And ensure we use them to promote
Respect for individual dignity
And for our common good.
Protect our shores and our people
Our hopes and our dreams
are in you.
Blessing of the New Ladder Truck
Let us be mindful of those whose sacrifice
has purchased this equipment
those who maintain it.
Almighty God may you bless their care and concern.
Let us be thankful for those firefighters who will use
This apparatus in service to others.
Keep them safe in their coming and going
And reward their sacrifice
With peace and prosperity.
Let this vehicle be a sign of hope
And a witness to the generous lives
Of those who ride it.
Let the sound of its siren bring solace
To those in distress.
Let this ladder be effective
In keeping us always in reach of rescue.
May the waters of the earth
Quench all destructive fires
And may You keep
Our firefighters and our citizens
Safely in the palm of your hand.