We Will Remember

What do you think of when you hear the number 1.25 million? It’s a substantial number, but more significant is the fact that 1.25 million people believed in America so deeply they were willing to die for Her. And so we remember.

For example, we will remember that:

  • Over 7,000 U.S. troops have died in the present Global War on Terror. The battle of Gettysburg also resulted in more than 7,000 deaths.
  • The deadliest battle in U.S. history was during WW1 when the 47-day Battle of Argonne claimed 26,000 deaths.
  • The bloodiest day in history was The Battle of Antietam, which claimed 23,000 deaths in one day.
  • The Civil War saw an estimated total of 620,000 deaths. That’s more than half of all Americans who have ever died during wartime; 425 deaths per day, more than any other war.
  • The total of all Americans killed in all U.S. wars is approximately 1.25 million.

What’s even more astounding is that they didn’t die for their own freedom. They died defending something they would never get to enjoy. They died for our freedom – yours, mine, our children and grandchildren.

Freedom. Most Americans don’t know life without it. We can take it for granted. That’s why we have a day to remember those who gave their lives. It causes us to think about 1.2 million dying because freedom was that important. Not to mention the ones who were willing, but made it home, some severely injured for life. All for freedom.

But our nation is at a critical point. Our blood-bought freedoms are being shaken once again, and freedom will always need to be defended. We don’t all have the opportunity to fight and give our lives for our country, but there is something we all can do to help insure these freedoms for our children and grandchildren. Our sacrifice is much simpler than those who gave their lives, yet powerful. We can pray. Prayer is warfare (Ephesians 6:12-18). It’s doing battle with the forces of evil that threaten freedoms.

So let’s go to war on our knees and pray to the “God of Heaven’s Armies” to defend our nation. Would you agree with me in prayer and pray this scriptural prayer together?

Oh Lord of Heaven’s Armies, out of our distress we call on You; please answer us and set us free (Psalm 118:5). You are our fortress (Psalm 46:7). Turn and listen to us; come quickly to rescue us. Be our rock of protection, our fortress to keep us safe (Psalm 31:2).

Lord, You have been our God since the foundation of America. Have our sins brought us to an end? May we see Your approval again, and may our children see Your power (Psalm 90:1, 7-9, 16). We remember what You have done in the past for us (Psalm 77:11). You blessed us because You were our God (Psalm 33:12). Have mercy on us as we trust You again and hide in Your refuge (Psalm 57:1). Forgive us, and restore America again to Yourself, Oh God of Heaven’s Armies. May You look favorably upon us that we may be saved (Psalm 80:7). Give the command to deliver us out of the hand of the unrighteous (Psalm 71:3-4).

Lord, be our shield as we take refuge in You (Psalm 30:5). Rescue us and defend us from those who want to destroy our nation (Psalm 59.1), the wicked who conceive trouble and birth lies. May they fall into the pit they dig for us (Psalm 7:14-15). Let no weapon used against us succeed (Isaiah 54:17).

You have told us not to fear or be discouraged, for the battle is not ours, but Yours (2 Chronicles 20:15). So Lord who avenges, let Your justice go forth! Cause those who rise up against our families and our country to be defeated. Do not let the wicked gloat over us (Psalm 94:1-3). Lord, cause our enemies’ schemes to be turned back on them (Psalm 94:1 & 23) as we come against them in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies (1 Samuel 17:45).

We thank You and pray in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.


Thanks for stopping by and praying with me. Let’s remember and honor those who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, not just this Memorial Day, but every day. And let’s remember to continue to pray for America…every day.


I’ll be posting more scriptural prayers for America in the coming weeks. You can subscribe here to receive and pray them.

Have a great weekend!



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  1. Jeanne Roberson on May 24, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    These are powerful words. It’s sad to think of the cost of freedom. But it is comforting to know we have one who has promised eternal life.

  2. Penny Cooke on May 24, 2024 at 12:40 pm

    Yes! Amen to that, Jeanne.
    Thanks for stopping by and praying with me.

  3. Andy Lee on May 24, 2024 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you, Penny!

  4. Penny Cooke on May 25, 2024 at 1:15 am

    You’re welcome. Thank you, Andy. xo

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