Delivered on Sunday 07 December 2014 at the USS Arizona Memorial on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
God whom each of us knows in our own way yet similarly in our hearts:
We gather today in remembrance of an infamous day and the courageous resolve of those who stood and fought for our nation’s cherished ideals.
On this 73rd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, we honor the memories of the more than 2,400 Americans who died, the more than 1,100 wounded, and the countless others who stood in our defense. Today, we remember their sacrifice for the cause of freedom, and ask for Your grace and guidance as our nation joins others facing foes against liberty.
May we have the character and courage of our Pearl Harbor forbearers to support and defend the basic human rights and dignities which You have endowed in all of Your people: the ability and option to speak freely, work securely, partner with whom we love, have a family of our choosing, travel safely, gain education, and worship You according to our understanding.
Finally, God, may humanity live in security and confidence, as written by Your Prophet Isaiah, when “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” Guide and direct us in all that we do so we may bring glory and honor to You by bringing peace on Earth and goodwill toward all beings.
We humbly pray. Amen.