Memorial Day: Obama Prays for Peace

The White House released the president's Memorial Day proclamation, which included a prayer for peace.

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Memorial Day observed at Arlington National Cemetery (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The White House released President Barack Obama’s Memorial Day proclamation, which included a prayer for peace, the Huffington Post reports.

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY 2012

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Our Nation endures and thrives because of the devotion of our men and women in uniform, who, from generation to generation, carry a burden heavier than any we may ever know.

On Memorial Day, we honor those who have borne conflict's greatest cost, mourn where the wounds of war are fresh, and pray for a just, lasting peace. The American fabric is stitched with the stories of sons and daughters who gave their lives in service to the country they loved.

They were patriots who overthrew an empire and sparked revolution. They were courageous men and women who strained to hold a young Union together. They were ordinary citizens who rolled back the creeping tide of tyranny, who stood post through a long twilight struggle, who saw terror and extremism threaten our world's security and said, "I'll go." And though their stories are unique to the challenges they faced, our fallen service members are forever bound by a legacy of valor older than the Republic itself.

Now they lay at rest in quiet corners of our country and the world, but they live on in the families who loved them and in the soul of a Nation that is safer for their service.

Today, we join together in prayer for the fallen. We remember all who have borne the battle, whose devotion to duty has sustained our country and kept safe our heritage as a free people in a free society.

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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