Vietnam veterans in 1997. Photo: Michael Williamson/Washington Post

Almighty God, this Veterans Day we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad, those under active duty and those who have completed their service. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

— Book of Common Prayer