Rabbi Strom’s Invocation for Armonk American Legion Memorial Day Observance


May 30, 2017

Our God, God of our ancestors:

We thank You for the gift of life and the gifts of the world You have bestowed upon us. Our voices join together and rise up to You in the heavens, for the freedom and liberty we so often take for granted, despite our best efforts to the contrary; freedom and liberty that ring throughout our nation and will, God willing, reverberate and resonate for generations to come. We come before You acknowledging the debt of gratitude we can never completely repay to the women and men who fought and struggled and sacrificed the very lives You breathed into existence so that their fellow citizens and their descendants long after them would never need to again fight those battles, but rather to cultivate and enjoy the fruits of their labor – every day, every moment granted to us. We praise You for creating men and women who not only had the strength, fortitude, and bravery to place themselves in harm’s way for the sake of others, but who also shared a vision of a nation, a world, where all may be truly free, who contributed anything and everything in their power to bring humanity even a step closer to achieving that dream. For when we see ourselves as part of something much larger, and work to attain equality for all of God’s creatures under the sun, that is when we as human beings are at our best, fulfilling the highest potential that You envisioned for us.

May those who gave their lives in service of this great nation continue to serve us as models of the finest ideals of human existence, may we be worthy of their ultimate sacrifice, and may their memories always be for a blessing.