A soldier will be buried today in a place of honor with others who have served this nation as guardians, statesmen, astronauts, presidents, and citizens. Overlooking this Nations capital, across the Potomac River, in the fields that use to be owned by George Washington and within view of the house of Robert E. Lee. Arlington National Cemetery will receive a new resident on this day.
His fellow soldiers will escort him to his final place of rest and honor him for his service. Draped in the flag of his country, that he loved, defended, and represented, he will, in the sight of his family, and friends, in the tradition of his beloved Army, receive their final honor.
We pray that Almighty and eternal God,those who take refuge in you will be glad and forever will shout for joy. Protect this soldier as he discharges his final duty at his final post. Protect him with the shield of your strength and welcome him in to your formation of angels. May the power of your love enable him to return to you. Please watch over all that love him and may we ever praise you for your loving care. We ask this through Christ our Lord.