Army Birthday Ball Invocation

The United States Army was born on June 14, 1775. On many installations, the Army observes its birthday with a formal dinner ceremony and dance. Tonight, I’ll put on my dress blues and join my brothers and sisters in arms in remembering those who came before.

Eternal God,

On this anniversary of the founding of our nation’s army, our thoughts turn to the men and women who have worn our nation’s uniform during these past 235 years. Their sacrifices and devotion to duty paved the way for freedom, justice and peace for our nation – and for so many others. As we enjoy the blessings of food and fellowship around these tables tonight, may the example of those who came before us inspire us all to a deeper commitment to the ideals for which they gave so much. Guide and protect our brothers and sisters in arms who even tonight are deployed throughout the world, laying their lives on the line for the sake of others – and comfort the loved ones of those who are absent from our table this year, having given the last full measure of devotion for us and for our nation.

May your blessing ever rest on the United States of America and our host nation, and may your reign of peace be established throughout your world.