A Collect for D-Day

Almighty and All-Terrible God, Creator of all the world and Father of all men: we thank thee for the strength and courage of all those who planned and participated in the assault of Normandy on D-Day, and particularly for the valour of those who sacrificed their lives in the service of God and country. Grant that we may forever cherish the freedom which they so dearly purchased for us; and grant that we may join them in that Kingdom where thy peace reigns eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Soldiers resting on Omaha Beach

Soldiers Resting on Omaha Beach, by Manuel Bromberg (b. 1917). From U.S. Army Center of Military History.

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