Hymn To The Fallen Heroes

13 Feb

Today, we will celebrate the Funeral Mass for Chief James Joseph Knesek, Sr.

As we remember him, I would ask you to pray for all emergency services personnel as well as for all who serve in the military.  The men and women, all, put their lives on the line each day to keep us safe and free.

Rest in peace, Chief Knesek.

FAITH ACTION:  Pray the Hymn to the Fallen Heroes:

Young and aged
volunteer and career,
man and woman
of all races and colors,
you left aching hearts behind

An eternal flame
warms your names
inscribed on cold, lifeless plaques
around this stone cairn
In the hearts you left behind
your memories abide
in undying gratitude

You asked nothing more
You knew the risks,
served without fear
and paid the highest price

You embody a quality
of which many only dream
Your selflessness for others
is now your eternal crown

O fallen comrades,
give us all this quality
that we may more fittingly
prolong your memory