In the United States we have been observing Memorial Day since 1866. Throughout the generations we have remembered with much grief and pain the death of many, many brave men and women who have served this country in war. Today, Memorial Day 2014, the grief and pain of the loved ones of those who have died in military service in the last year is still raw and their hearts are tender and fragile. I ask you to join me in praying for those who have died and for their families and friends who loved them. I also ask that we pray for those who are still at war. We are grateful for a merciful God who does not abandon us. We trust that God has been with those who have died and is with those who on this day are serving in the military. And while we pray, let us also work unceasingly for peace, the peace that comes from justice; God’s own justice.
Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño
Los Angeles Area Resident Bishop
The United Methodist Church