(Photo courtesy of Lt. Timothy Field Beard, USAF)
Lord God Almighty, who have made all peoples of the earth for your glory, to serve you in freedom and peace: Grant to the people of our country a zeal for justice and the strength of forbearance, that we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sometimes the old poetry teacher in me comes out, too. Below, A.E. Housman's "Here Dead We Lie":
Here dead we lie
Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land
From which we sprung.
Life, to be sure,
Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is,
And we were young.
[For Jeff and Scott, who were young; and for those of the 1/4th Marines who fought the good fight and kept the faith. You were the best of us. "Whatever It Takes."]