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☞   Memorial/Decoration Day (last Monday of May)

This is an archive of prayers composed for or relevant to Memorial Day in the United States, commemorated on the last Monday of May. Memorial Day is the day previously known as Decoration Day.

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A Prayer for Remembrance and Peace on Memorial Day, by David Abernethy

A prayer for the observance of Memorial Day in the United States. . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 31 May 2021

Invocation for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Washington DC Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 25 May 2020

Invocation for a virtual Memorial Day ceremony at the Washington DC Vietnam War Veterans Memorial. . . .

Memorial Day Prayer at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, by Rabbi Arnold Resnicoff on 28 May 2018

A prayer offered by Rabbi Arnold E. Resnicoff at the Vietnam War Memorial on Memorial Day May 28th 2018. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Stephen Roth on 29 May 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 29 May 2014. . . .

Prayer of the Guest Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives: Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld on 23 May 2014

The Opening Prayer given in the U.S. House of Representatives on 23 May 2014. . . .

[Prayer for] Memorial Day, by Rabbi Avraham Samuel Soltes (1954)

A prayer for Memorial Day in the United States, composed in 1954. . . .

“That America’s Heroes Shall Not Have Died in Vain” and a special El Malé Raḥamim prayer for Memorial Day, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan (1945)

A service and prayer for Memorial Day in the United States, containing a variation of El Malé Raḥamim, by Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan. . . .

A Prayer for Peace After War, by Norman Corwin (1945)

A prayer for peace from the end of World War II. . . .

Memorial Prayer for Those Lost Through Human Strife, by Rabbi Chaplain (Lieutenant) Alexander David Goode (ca. 1943)

A memorial prayer for service members lost in times of war, given by a chaplain who sacrificed his life for others during WWII. . . .