Today we honor the memory of those men and women who have given their lives for their compatriots in the cause of freedom.  They have work, fought, and died for the heritage of freedom, that they have passed on to us.  Help us to recall that you yourself gave us your life for all human beings in the cause of true freedom — to save us from self-love and sin.  Teach us the true meaning of peace and freedom, that the real battle must always take place in ourselves before it will be won in families and nations.  Make us keep your memory in our Eucharistic celebrations and pray for the peace an freedom of the whole world. Amen.