Posted by: didyouseethis | May 1, 2007

After Troop Rally Report

  DH and I got up early Sunday morning and headed downtown to Public Square for the 5th Annual Rally for the Troops, sponsored by the Harley-Davidson dealerships. It was a beautiful morning…sun shining and as always so close to the lake…windy. The motorcycles arriving was an amazing sight. The Square was crowded with people, all with a common bond…the appreciation and respect of our military.

I wish I had better pictures (they’ll be at the bottom of this post) and/or taken notes…but I was listening so intently, I didn’t. Most of the photos were taken before the speakers…as I said…I was listening 🙂 However, after the Rally I spoke to the Reverend Rich Bartley, who is the Great Lakes Regional Chaplain for the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. He graciously has given me permission to post his invocation.

Gracious Heavenly Father, Lord God, Redeemer, Counselor, Comforter – You are known to us by many names. Thank you for letting us come before you, through Jesus Christ, with this petition and prayer. Father we have no one else to come to when our burdens are heavy and our hearts are breaking.

We humble ourselves before you, as children of God, and children of the United States of America. We come to you today with loving hearts to show our support and respect for the American troops that are deployed around the world in the support of our freedom. These 2 1/2 million soldiers, marines, sailors, airmen and coast-guardsmen are serving their country in these evil times. They are lonely, scared, cold, hot, sleep depraved, hungry and home sick. But they are strong Lord. They are strong in spirit, strong in patriotism and strong in You. Father be their rock and their shield.

Give them power over their enemies Lord. May the enemies of our country tremble before your soldiers and may we walk upon their ashes. Father, I ask that you place a hedge of protection around our soldiers. We ask that you comfort them and guide them in their duties that eventually will rid the world of evil. Be their eyes and ears Lord and let no evil come near them. Lord God, let our brave young men and women, return safely home -enriched by the experience that they have participated in confronting evil in the world, and that they did not run from the work you put before them, but met it bravely and did what had to be done to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy.

Lord we know that freedom is a gift from You. Freedom is something that we must pass on, not only to our future generations but also to the entire world. It is a terrible burden we bare. But bare it we do because You said in your Scripture, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Lord, comfort the wounded. Take their pain away and replace it with Your grace. Hold them in Your arms and wipe their tears away. Talk with them and let them know that we all love them and are proud of them and support them.

In all wars there are men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of freedom and for the good of the rest of the world. We pray today for the comfort of all the families of the American military that have taken home to be with You.

It is through our faith we know that you will answer our prayers and that you are a God of love and compassion. All through the Scriptures we read where you have shown favor on countries and armies if they were faithful to you.

But even as we speak to you this day, the enemy is at work within our borders trying to remove all references to you and your commandments in our government. At this time in history, the war on terror has divided our great nation. Lord God do not let our men and women of the armed forces be forgotten in this political struggle. We are here today to honor these mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, daughters and sons, and they seek no reward or fame through their actions, as they are just doing their duty to their country.

And Almighty Heavenly Father give us the strength we need to stand up for our American military and ourselves – because we need to let everyone know that – – we truly are “One Nation under God” and we put our trust in you! Amen

Thank you Reverend Bartley, I certainly can’t add to that…here’s some of our pictures….







A note about this last picture. DH and I were talking about some of the Troops we are acquainted with. I had just finished saying something about a young man I worked with a few years ago (he’s a Coastie)….only to turn and see him standing a few yards away!



God bless and keep our military.

Love, Mom







  1. Amen and AMEN!

  2. Thanks so much for posting the invocation. I’m printing the prayer to say daily. Like Anna said Amen!

    Wow looks like a great turnout.

  3. The invocation made me cry, so although I’ve been here 3 times since you posted, had to wait about finishing it until I didn’t have to go back to work (with those black streaks down my face). Pics are wonderful, bet you enjoyed the day, but the prayer is just beautiful. Thanks for posting it.

  4. M*A,

    This was a terrific post! I am sorry I haven’t been by lately, but I believe you are aware of the adventures I’ve recently encountered.

    Great pics, and an awesome word from the Reverend.

    Go Navy!

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