Thoughts on Memorial Day

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From the Great War to the Gulf War to ongoing conflicts in the Middle East, tens of thousands of Knights of Columbus have served during military conflicts. More than 3,300 of them made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I and World War II. These men embodied the principles of the Order: charity, unity, fraternity and — especially — patriotism.

This Memorial Day, we honor all the men and women who have died while serving their country, especially the nearly 50 Knights who have died this century during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their family members they left behind attest to their generosity, courage and faith-filled service.

Once again, there will be no field mass this Memorial Day at St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, due to the pandemic. However, a group of Fourth Degree Knights from Bishop Sheil Assembly #2330 will assemble there at 10 AM to give tribute to those that gave all to their country. If you are unable to join us in person, please be present in spirit as we pray for all the brave men and women who served God and country.

“Though an army besieges me, my heart will not fear; though war breaks out against me, even then I will be confident. One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

Today we bow our heads and our hearts to You, Lord, that we may remember those who paid the ultimate price by giving their lives for their country. We can never be grateful enough for the sacrifices they made, and we are humbled by their willingness to put their own lives aside for the benefit of ours. Father, carve their sacrifices into our hearts so we may never forget the loss of these heroes.
We pray for this in the Holy name of Your son Jesus. Amen.

In closing, we would like to thank all that contributed to our veterans drive last weekend. Your donations will allow the Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans to assist those in need. What a fitting tribute to those who have fallen, knowing that their comrades are being assisted. If you were unable to contribute last weekend, we accept donations for them year-round. Donations can be made at the parish office or online at https://kofc12801.square.site/veterans.