Liberty Unyielding salutes the troops on Armed Forces Day

Liberty Unyielding salutes the troops on Armed Forces Day

Eternal Father, strong to save,

Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,

Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep

Its own appointed limits keep;

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Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

 

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard

And hushed their raging at Thy word,

Who walkedst on the foaming deep,

And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;

Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,

For those in peril on the sea!

Navy sailors hold a gunfire exercise on USS Nimitz (CVN-68), underway in the Pacific. (US Navy image)
Navy sailors hold a gunfire exercise on USS Nimitz (CVN-68), underway in the Pacific. (US Navy image)

 

Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,

Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.

Protect them from the raging seas

And give them light and life and peace.

Grant them from thy great throne above

The shield and shelter of thy love.

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) cuts a path through Arctic ice in support of a winter resupply mission to Alaska (USCG image)
US Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) cuts a path through Arctic ice in support of a winter resupply mission to Alaska (USCG image)

 

O Christ, the Lord of hill and plain

O’er which our traffic runs amain

By mountain pass or valley low;

Wherever, Lord, thy brethren go,

Protect them by thy guarding hand

From every peril on the land.

US Army infantrymen on patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters, Andrew Burton)
US Army infantrymen on patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. (Image: Reuters, Andrew Burton)

 

O Spirit, whom the Father sent

To spread abroad the firmament;

O Wind of heaven, by thy might

Save all who dare the eagle’s flight,

And keep them by thy watchful care

From every peril in the air.

US Air Force maintenance crew work on a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, Whiteman AFB, Missouri (Image AFP)
US Air Force maintenance crew work on a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber, Whiteman AFB, Missouri (Image AFP)

 

Eternal Father, grant, we pray

To all Marines, both night and day

The courage, honor, strength, and skill

Their land to serve, Thy law fulfill

Be Thou the shield forevermore

From every peril to the Corps.

US Marines prepare to deploy from the well deck of USS Bataan (LHD-5) in the Atlantic Ocean. (US Navy photo)
US Marines prepare to deploy from the well deck of USS Bataan (LHD-5) in the Atlantic Ocean. (US Navy photo)

 

And now, for a little inspiration, courtesy of DoctorXProducer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLhS5RkAi4Y

Fair winds, shipmates of all services — and all generations.

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer

J.E. Dyer is a retired Naval Intelligence officer who lives in Southern California, blogging as The Optimistic Conservative for domestic tranquility and world peace. Her articles have appeared at Hot Air, Commentary’s Contentions, Patheos, The Daily Caller, The Jewish Press, and The Weekly Standard.

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