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Prayer for the United States after World War Ⅱ, by Rabbi Dudley Weinberg (AMVETS, ca. 1947)


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Almighty God and Father:
Unto Thee do we pour out our hearts in thanksgiving
for the freedom we enjoy
and for the heritage of liberty and human dignity
which our forefathers have bequeathed to us
as our birthright.
We thank Thee for the United States of America
and for the spirit which causes men here
to strive to break down the barriers
that separate man from his fellow man.
Help us, O Father, to direct our efforts
to the end that within the borders of our blessed land
there may always be heard
the glorious strains of a symphony of humanity
united together in brotherhood
under the divine fatherhood.
We thank Thee too
for the memory of our comradeship in time of war.
Grant that we may never forget
the purposes and the goals for which we suffered
and for which so many of our comrades died.
May we remain united
in the search for peace and brotherhood
even as we were once united in the struggle
to overcome tyranny on the battlefield.
Sanctify our memories
and cause them to serve as an unfailing inspiration to us
to bring closer the day
when each man shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree
with none to make him afraid. (Micah 4:4)
Speed the day when nations shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks,[1] Cf. Micah 4:3, Isaiah 2:4.  
when Thy divine peace shall be made to reign
in the hearts of all Thy children.

This prayer by Rabbi Dudley Weinberg, National Chaplain of AMVETS after World War II, was included in the anthology, The Prayer Book of the Armed Forces (ed. Daniel A. Poling, 1951), pp. 79-80. The prayer was chosen for publication by the then National Commander of AMVETS, Harold Russell.





1Cf. Micah 4:3, Isaiah 2:4.



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