"You do not become members of the armed forces in order to die. That is not the vocation of a soldier. But you become members of the armed forces ready to die in order that certain loyalties will not be trespassed."Archbishop Fulton Sheen was a great patriot as well as a Catholic Bishop. He was the first cleric to receive the Distinguished Service Medal and wrote a great book for soldier's in war - Wartime Prayer Book.
He wrote the following prayer for soldiers. Please join us in praying it for those who have served in the armed forces, their families, our country, and an end to war.
"Our Father, who art in Heaven: give us, we pray You, the courage and the strength to stamp out the threat of paganism and slavery that hangs over the world today.If you want to witness some powerful preaching about the dignity of being a soldier and how we ought to truly honor them, watch this:
Be merciful to all those who have died in the service of our country.
Console those who have lost their loved ones in the struggle.
Help our fighting men to be always clean of heart and therefore unafraid.
Soothe the wounded in battle.
Sustain the courage of those who suffer persecution for conscience’ sake.
Have pity on all those who have been insulted, robbed, tortured, defiled, ensalved by their conquerors.
Grant wisdom to our leaders, civil and military, that they may most effectively direct our efforts, at home and abroad.
Teach us all to walk humbly with You, so that we may be worthy to conquer, and having conquered may build a peace with justice, based on the Brotherhood of Man, under the Fatherhood of God. Amen.
– From the Wartime Prayer Book by Fulton Sheen