Pastor's Corner

2023 11-05   Let us Remember Those Who Have Unselfishly Served our Nation the Armed Forces.

Written by: Father Neil Herlihy

Next Saturday, November 11th, as a nation we celebrate Veterans Day.  In a special way on this day, we are encouraged to honor our men and women who have served in the armed forces and sacrificed so much on behalf of our country.  Many of us have loved ones who now have Veteran status.  Through their unselfishness and dedication, they made it possible for us to enjoy the freedoms provided in our nation.  We should appreciate their sacrifice and service, and never take them for granted.

As mentioned previously, the Johns Creek Veterans Association arranged for the construction of the Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk, located in Newtown Park.  The Walk serves as a vivid reminder of the contributions to the defense of our nation made by our men and women in the armed forces throughout the years.  Members of the Saint Brigid Knights of Columbus, many of whom are Veterans, assisted in the construction of the Walk.

We are also reminded that many of our recent Veterans continue to strive to adapt to civilian life.  Catholic Charities in Atlanta has made a concerted effort to assist Veterans in obtaining adequate housing and has also provided needed spiritual, emotional, and financial support.  In addition, our Veterans Administration hospitals and treatment centers continue to strive to make necessary improvements in order to provide appropriate ongoing care for Veterans in need.
The following “A Veterans Day Prayer” composed by Debbie Kay Hope captures the essence of our appreciation for the sacrifice of our Veterans:

As we reflect on this prayer, we are encouraged to remember our family members, relatives, friends, neighbors, and military chaplains who have unselfishly served our nation in the armed forces. We are encouraged to honor them by assuring them of our prayers, our gratitude, and our respect.

Dear Lord,
We know that freedom isn’t free and a special few pay the price for many.
We owe a debt of gratitude to all the courageous men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect us and our freedoms.
Today as we remember our Veterans, we ask you to bless each one and meet their every need, pray they will know how valued, respected, and appreciated they are.  Please bless their families for their many sacrifices as well.
We ask for your protection over all who are serving now and ask you to bring them home safely.
We also ask you to comfort all who are missing someone who served.
In Jesus’ name, we ask these things.  Amen.

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