A Memorial Day Hymn/Prayer

It’s  3:00 p.m.  A moment set aside on this day that we remember those who paid the highest price for their nation.  We also remember and honor those who are serving today.

“To date there has been no Homer, Herman Melville, or Charles Dana to record their deeds so that Americans recognize that they have always had maritime heroes living among them. Until that time, if you wish to see ordinary men and women who perform heroic deeds, visit a US Coast Guard small boat rescue station.” – Dennis L. Noble, Ph.D, in Rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard: Great Acts of Heroism since 1878

Coast Guard Hymn

Eternal Father, Lord of Hosts

Watch o’er the ones who guard our coasts

Protect them from the raging seas

And give them light and life and peace.

Grant them from thy great throne above

The shield and shelter of thy love.

Lord, guard and guide the ones who fly

Through the great spaces in the sky

Be with them always in the air,

In darken storms or sunlight fair,

Oh, hear us when we lift our prayer,

For those in peril in the air!

Grant to them Your eternal peace, Oh Lord,

For they have followed your commandment,

That No Greater Love has he,

who would give up his life for another.


Coast Guard Hymn from the office of the Coast Guard Historian.

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