Gratitude for American Veterans

Spectators and veterans hold up “Thank You” signs during the 2012 Fayetteville Veterans Day parade, Nov. 10, in Fayetteville, N.C. The annual parade featured U.S. Army Reserve Command Soldiers and service members and equipment from the 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division, high school bands, decorated floats, veteran’s organizations and Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marching units.

On the occasion of Veterans Day, when the Nation pauses to honor those who have served in war or peace, living and deceased, Archbishop Broglio is calling on the faithful to show their gratitude “for the sacrifice service members, veterans, and their families make for the benefit of us all.”

In a letter to benefactors of the Archdiocese, Archbishop Broglio expresses his own gratitude for their continued support, without which American Catholics in military service would find it difficult if not impossible to exercise their faith.

Archbishop Broglio writes in part:

“Throughout what has been a very tumultuous year, with your prayers, love, and support, AMS priests have been able to minister to service members and their families. They have celebrated Masses outdoors and via live stream, recorded inspirational talks for those in quarantine, anointed and comforted the sick, and administered the other sacraments.

“Your support has been of tremendous help, allowing the AMS and her priests to care for the spiritual needs of service members and their families. The fruits of your prayers and charitable acts enrich the lives of our Nation’s service members. Your love for them is felt by those stationed in remote locations who are able to participate in the celebration of the Eucharist, those serving stateside who can receive counsel and guidance from chaplains, and veterans undergoing treatment at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, especially those in need of Holy Communion or the anointing of the sick.”