Memorial Day 2020
Armstrong Chapel – 142nd Memorial Day Observance – May 2020
Memorial Day, the last Monday in May, is a day for remembering and honoring those who have given their lives in battle. The day is also known as Decoration Day for the custom of placing flags at the graves of the patriotic dead. The Cemetery at Armstrong Chapel has long maintained this tradition and will do so again this year. However, the Stay Safe Order for Ohio restricts the number of those who gather together. Therefore, the following are elements to help you observe this day and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The Cemetery will be open during daylight hours but we ask that you maintain social distancing of 6ft minimum should you visit the grounds. We also ask the use of masks when possible during public activities.
Prayer for Memorial Day
You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress…” (Psalm 91). On this Memorial Day, may we pause with reverence before you, Eternal God, to remember the lives of those fallen in this nation’s conflicts. Here in this sacred ground are lives representing virtually each broken moment of human history our nation has endured. Through our prayers and actions, help us to stand together with those who are suffering, so that light may banish all darkness, love will prevail over hate and good will triumph over evil. Grant comfort with all those who grieve this day. Bestow your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace, the security your Spirit provides, and the refuge that is granted to those who trust in you. In all our days helps us to pause and remember, then offer us the courage to commit our lives to your eternal keeping both now and forever. Amen
Tanner Helton, a Scout from Indian Hill Troop 502, standing at the grave of his 5th
great grandfather, Major John Armstrong, who fought in the War of 1812.