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FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY BY SCOUT RYAN FRANCIS

VFW Post 845 - June 11, 2005

PRAYER OF BLESSING

Friends, let us pause for a moment and ask Godís blessings.

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Lord God, Creator of heaven and earth, almighty and ever-living God, as we gather together today, we give you thanks and ask your blessing.

Your Son, Jesus Christ, spoke to us a message of peace and taught us to live as brothers and sisters in the human family.

His message took form in the vision of our forefathers as they fashioned a nation where people of many lands might live as one, with liberty and justice for all. This message lives on in our midst as a challenge for today and as a promise for tomorrow.

As we retire these flags, symbols of all the beliefs and values for which our nation stands, let us remember with honor those who have given their lives in service of freedom and justice.

Lord God, keep us constant in our commitment to play an active role in the life of our nation. Help us to serve each other in justice, charity and love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.