Secular Holidays

A Prayer for Memorial Day

Rabbi Dr. Laurence Milder
Our God, God of our ancestors, we thank you for the numerous blessings you have bestowed upon our nation. Out of the many nations of the world, our country has been blessed with a singular opportunity - to demonstrate how peoples of many faiths and heritages can live side by side, and enrich one another's lives through friendship and the sharing of our unique traditions.

Blessing of Armed Forces Personnel

Rabbi Barry H. D. Block
O God, we come before You in gratitude for these men and women of the United States Armed Forces. Many served our country in years gone by. To them, we are indebted for the freedoms we enjoy today.

Memorial Day Prayer

Rabbi Dr. Laurence Milder
One of the great lessons in democracy was taught by a chaplain during World War II, Rabbi Roland Gittelsohn. Rabbi Gittelsohn helped to dedicate the Fifth Marine Division Cemetery on Iwo Jima in April 1945. Burying the dead was extraordinarily difficult during the battle of Iwo Jima, and so the dedication of the cemetery afterwards was a particularly solemn and disturbing occasion.

Veterans Day Prayer

Rabbi Dr. Laurence Milder
Compassionate God, Source of Mercy, we pay tribute to those who have served our country, to express our gratitude for their courage and selflessness, both those among us today and those of generations past.