January 16, 2019

Memorial Day 2018: Let Them In

A prayer for fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. By John Gorka


  1. Beautiful. Thank you.

  2. Rick Ro. says:

    Nice song. Thanks for sharing it.

  3. Christiane says:

    heartbreakingly beautiful . . . . thank you

  4. Robert F says:

    Poignant song. Let them in, Peter; raise them up, Lord.

  5. Denise Spencer says:

    Wow. Thank you for sharing this, Mike.

  6. Wayne Essel says:

    Thank you. So touched. I hope this will be part of our Memorial Day weekend Sunday service next year. I researched the chords and can now play it reasonably well. I was somewhat chagrined that our choir, me included, sang the Armed Forces Medley again this year, and brought the American flag into the sanctuary. Maybe next year I can influence this to where we can pray for those killed in wars, and mourn the loss of their young lives.

    • Christiane says:

      That mourning of the young dead soldiers seems more appropriate . . . . last night some of our neighbor young people were lighting fire crackers in celebration, not understanding that this was a day of ‘remembrance’ for our dead soldiers . . . maybe our neighbors didn’t have a grandpa who could tell them what happened in the war(s)

      I love the tone of ‘Remembrance Day’ and ‘Anzac Day’ in the UK Commonwealth countries. I find great meaning in the poem ‘The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon. This verse especially is used as an ‘ode to remembrance’:
      “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
      Age shall not weary them, nor the years contemn.
      At the going down of the sun and in the morning
      We will remember them.”

  7. Heather Angus says:

    Heartbreakingly beautiful and poignant song.