O God, by whose mercy the faithful departed find rest, look kindly on your departed veterans who gave their lives in the service of their country. Grant that through the passion, death, and resurrection of your Son they may share in the joy of your heavenly kingdom and rejoice in you with your saints forever. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
by Rev. Edward Lodge Curran
Our dead are not Unknown Soldiers
We know who they are and whither they seek to go.
We know that they must languish in Purgatory
until the last earthly stain is wiped away and
until the last earthy injustice is repaired.
We also know that we can speed their
passage from the Purgatory of Shadow
and Pain to a Paradise of Happiness and Light.
We can hasten the dawn of eternal rest
and rays of perpetual light.
Our prayers and Masses and works of charity
can become eternal ransom money in the justice of God.
We love our dead.
We can help our dead.
Let us pray for them always.
Flowers wither upon their graves.
A daily garland of prayers is better than an armful of roses.
As we approach the Golden Memorial Hour
of the Catholic War Veterans - Eleven o'clock, P.M.
Stand for a moment in silence -
and let there rise from your hearts a
prayer beseeching Almighty God, the Father of us all, to
grant to the souls of our departed comrades, a peace and
a glory that is theirs because of the sacrifice they made that
other men might live.
"REQUIESCAT IN PEACE"
Our Dead by Fr. Edward Lodge Curran: from here.