Pastor Bob Tousey
Readings for Veterans
Here are some readings that can be used at the funeral or memorial service for Veterans.
While there are no official words for taps these are some popular verses that can be read during the service.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest,
God is nigh.
Go to sleep, peaceful sleep,
May soldier or sailor, God keep.
On the land or in the deep,
Safe in sleep.
Fades the light, and afar
Goeth day, and the stars shineth bright.
Fare thee well; day has gone.
Night is on.
Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, 'neath the stars, 'neath the sky,
As we go, this we know;
God is nigh.
Final Verse of the United States Marine Corp Hymn
Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By The United States Marines.
Meaning of the Flag
To be read as the flag is folded at the grave side
This banner of love and devotion, now being folded, is a living memorial of the courageous thoughts of __________, who we have come here to honor today.
The blue field represents the sky that overlooks our land and denotes the watchfulness of God the Eternal.
The red stripes tells us of the blood, sweat and tears that has been offered and conquered by our service members devotion to the responsible freedom of his country.
The white strips bodily proclaim the peace that he helped bring to our future generations.
This is his flag.
This is our spiritual heritage.
Receive it with the tears or our minds and the faith of our hearts. Amen.