On Monday, May 28th we observe the Memorial Day in US. On this special day we remember the more than one million American combatants, who have died in many wars through the history. According to the available data, since 9/11 approximately 7000 U.S. troops have lost their lives in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan; over 50,000 wounded and about 7000 U.S. military contractors have also been killed. Besides the loss of these great men and women combatants, we should remember that well over one million innocent civilians were also killed in various wars.
Now approximately 200,000 U.S. troops are currently stationed in most countries around the world; of these about 26,000 are in war-torn countries of Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria. The world is at war. While trillions of Dollars are spent on wars, very little is spent on ending global problem of hunger, poverty and the homeless.
We may not be able to do much to stop the war. But we have one powerful weapon at hand with us. It is the weapon of prayer. While praying for those who have died in various wars, let us also pray that those in authority, instead of sending more combatants, take measures globally to a peaceful way of life walking in the light of Christ.
Please remember that I will be celebrating the Holy Mass at 9:00 a.m. on the Memorial Day at the Guardian Angel Cemetery. Let us gather at the Guardian Angel Cemetery and pray for all.
May the souls of the great men and women, who have died in wars through the mercy of God rest in peace.
Fr. Arul Joseph V.