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We have dedicated this monument
in memory of our sons and brothers
who made the supreme sacrifice,
for their country.
Do Thou shelter their souls
in the shadow of Thy wings.
Soothe the hearts of their kinsfolk
with the blissful knowledge that,
even as the souls of their beloved ones
live in Heaven,
so the memory of their heroism
will not be forgotten,
will not perish from among us.
May this monument to their loyalty and patriotism,
stimulate all of us
to do our duty in every sphere of life,
always mindful of our responsibilities
as citizens of this great republic.
Thou, O Lord our God, Ruler of the Universe,
in whose hand are the destinies of nations,
we beseech Thee to remove
the evil, which befalls the world,
when people rise against people,
and humanity suffers the horrors of war.
May it please Thee, O God,
to cause the light of peace to shine forever.
And help us abolish wars from the earth,
and to unitedly strive for the coming of the time,
which the Prophet of Israel saw in his vision,
“when nation shall no more lift up sword against nation,” (Isaiah 2:4)
when they will work together,
for righteousness, justice,
mercy and truth.
“Dedication of Monument for War Heroes” was written and delivered by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak at the dedication of a war memorial at Ocean Parkway, “near Fort Hamilton Parkway,” Brooklyn, in 1924. The prayer was first published in Rabbi Bosniak’s לקוטי תפלות Liḳutei Tefilot: Pulpit and Public Prayers (1927), pp. 108-109. We are not familiar with any war memorials in the vicinity of Ocean Parkway near Fort Hamilton Parkway that were dedicated in 1924. (The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial dedicated by veterans of the Spanish-American War in 1924 can be found just off of Ocean Parkway on the southern edge of Asser Levy Park, but that is a far distance from Fort Hamilton Parkway. Perhaps it had been relocated at some point?) If you know the exact location of this memorial, please leave a comment, or contact us.
“A Prayer at the Dedication of a Monument for War Veterans, by Rabbi Jacob Bosniak (1924)” is shared by the living contributor(s) with a Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication 1.0 Universal license.
Works of related interest:
Prayer on the Declaration of War [against Imperial Germany], by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
Prayer for Sailors and Soldiers on Active Service, by Rabbi Joseph H. Hertz (Office of the Chief Rabbi of the British Empire 1914)
For Those At Home, a prayer for the home front during war by Rev. Howard A. Bridgman adapted by Rabbi Morris Lazaron (1918)
תפלה בבתי כנסיות דק״ק פירטה שנת תרע״ד | A Prayer for the Synagogues of the Holy Jewish Community of Fürth [Germany, at the onset of war] – 5674