The 25th Annual Memorial Mass was celebrated at 4:30 p.m. (EDST) on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation was offered prior to the Mass, followed by a praying of the rosary.
Archbishop Broglio was the principal celebrant and homilist, with dozens of priests and U.S. Military chaplains concelebrating and deacons assisting. In his homily, the Archbishop reminded the faithful, “You know that this annual celebration is an occasion to pray especially for the eternal repose of those who have fallen either on the battlefield or years later. We pray in a particular way for those retired chaplains and other priests who have passed away since our last gathering. We also honor those who serve in the military, those who serve beyond our borders, the Veterans, and those who are wounded in body and spirit.”