St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church honored World War II veteran Glenn Lacy on May 17, 2015. Glenn served in the US Army Air Corps as an aircraft maintenance crew chief in the 8th Air Force’s 487th Bomb Group at Lavenham, Suffolk, UK. Glenn had traveled to England with his son to participate in events marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) day. There were fitting tributes across the United Kingdom commemorating this momentous anniversary and remembering those who gave so much of themselves for our freedom. Glenn was the only member of the 487th who was able to attend the celebration and memorial services at Lavenham.
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With Glenn’s recognition and his comments ringing in our ears, we look toward Memorial Day to honor men and women who died while serving in our military.
As we pause to lift our hearts and minds in prayer, let us be mindful of those who have laid down their lives in the service of their country. O God, we ask your strength, that we might dedicate ourselves to perfecting your kingdom of peace and justice among nations. Let us give thanks for the many blessings of freedom which we possess, purchased at the cost of many lives and sacrifices. Fill us with courage to fulfill our tasks and in no way break faith with the fallen. We commend these fallen to your mercy and ask that you give them eternal rest. This we ask and pray in your name. Amen.