Memorial Day is a day of remembrance, mourning those who died while serving in the military. In 2023, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 29.
The United States observes Memorial Day on the last Monday in May. Other countries have similar holidays on different dates; the United Kingdom, Canada and more recognize “Remembrance Day” on Nov. 11.
We can feel united in faith with all of those who have come before us, knowing that the promise of God’s kingdom is available to everyone. On Memorial Day, we think especially of those who died during military service.
Here are some Memorial Day prayers and blessings to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Memorial Day Prayers and Blessings
Heavenly Father, we lift up in prayer today our brothers and sisters who have gone before us, sacrificing their own lives for the protection and safety of others. We are grateful for their service. May they inspire us to live selflessly in our own lives, as Christ calls us to do. In Jesus’s name we pray. Amen.
On this Memorial Day, we pray for all members of the military, especially those who died in service to others. May we honor them by loving and caring for all those they have left behind. Give them strength and strengthen our commitment to caring for those who mourn their loss. Amen.
As we pray for those who lost their lives in conflict throughout our history, we recognize the ongoing war and violence that continues to plague humanity in many places, many forms. Today, we pray for peace, which those we honor today fought valiantly to achieve. In Your name we pray. Amen.
We pray in gratitude today for all those who have worked selflessly to provide security and safety to others. Bless them, keep them safe and help them to make good decisions. May we emulate their courage and bravery. Amen.
More Resources for Teachers
Pray these prayers with your students this week to help remind them of the sacrifices those in our military make.
With the arrival of Memorial Day Weekend, the end of the school year may be near, but the job of a teacher is a year-round vocation.
Are you a Catholic educator? Hallow has prayers, materials and other resources to help empower those in Catholic education to continue the important work they do.
Learn more about how to bring prayer and meditation to the classroom by meeting with our Hallow School Partnership Team.