Dear Lord Jesus Christ,
those whom we honor today
are examples of your words:
"Greater love than this no one has:
that he lay down his life for his friends."
They gave up t heir lives in the defense of freedom
for t heir loved ones and their country.
Teach me to appreciate the virtue of patriotism-
a true and Christian love of country.
Let me love my country not to follow it blindly
but to make it the land of goodness
that it should be.
Let my patriotism be such
that it will not exclude the other nations of the world
but will include them in a powerful love of country
that has room for all others too.
- New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book, Catholic Book Publishing Cp/