Reaching Out

Memorial Day Salute to Our Fallen Veterans

As you know, this is the day for us to pause from our daily lives to reflect on and remember those who died for our country. And thank you to all of you who served our country in the military, and your spouses, for the service you have rendered to our country. We enjoy freedoms today because of your willingness and that of your colleagues to put your life on the life to protect our nation.

“Mansions of the Lord” is a majestic and compelling hymn that honors those who lost their lives in service to our country. It was sung with trumpet accompaniment at First Lutheran this past Sunday (May 26), and it was magnificent. You can also see it performed by the West Point Band and West Point Glee Club here ( You can follow along with the lyrics:

Mansions of the Lord

To fallen soldiers let us sing
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord

No more bleeding, no more fight
No prayers pleading through the night
Just divine embrace, Eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord

Where no mothers cry and no children weep
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep
All through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord

Our nation faces many grave challenges, so let us pray that our leaders will make wise decisions, to keep us safe and from harm.