Noon on Tuesday: An American Moment
Archbishop Dennis Schnurr invites all to participate in An American Moment, a project launched two years ago asking people across the country to pray for the armed forces at noon on Veterans Day. “We invite all parishes, staff, parishioners and schools across the Archdiocese to participate in this moment of silence to honor the members, past and present, of our Armed Forces,” he said this week.
Here is our 2013 story about the event:
An American Moment, a new ecumenical project for Veterans Day sponsored by Frontline Faith, encourages everyone to pause at noon on Nov. 11 to remember all soldiers who have served our country in the past and are serving our country now.
“We want everyone, everywhere, to observe a moment of silence – An American Moment – on this Veterans Day and those to follow,” says Cheri Lomonte, who founded the Frontline Faith project as a way to support the spiritual needs of soldiers.
For years, Frontline Faith donations and volunteers have supplied solders with MP3 players loaded with Christian talks and music. The Catholic version includes a full Mass recorded at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC, as well as Rosary meditations and a variety of prayers. Protestant versions include messages from pastors, chaplains, and troops. Each MP3 player costs $24; Frontline Faith has distributed more than 30,000.
Lamonte, also the producer and host of the award-winning weekly Catholic radio program Mary’s Touch, came up with An American Moment as a way for Christians to show solidarity on Veteran’s Day by joining together in prayer and thanksgiving.
“It is my hope that this collective moment of silent prayer – lifted all over the world on a single day – will fortify the men and women of our Armed Forces and also enkindle the spirit of unity in our nation, a nation now fractured by politics and distracted by worldly pursuits,” she says. “I believe it is time for us to come together as one people who together love our God and our country, serving each to the best of our abilities.”
Fr. Jim Evans, a chaplain serving with the Texas Army National Guard and the co-host of Mary’s Touch as well as the spiritual director for Frontline Faith, concurs. “Let us remember our troops on the front lines,” he says. “Indeed, let us remember all of our veterans, and let us pray for all of our military who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“At noon, wherever we are, let us pause for a moment to honor, to pray for and to thank those men and women who now serve and have served, that we might live in freedom. We are one nation; let us show our patriotism as one nation under God.”
An inspirational video explains the project further. Produced by Frontline Faith and Mary’s Touch, Inc., it is designed for supporters to forward to others to promote the Veteran’s Day project. To watch the video, click here.
For information on Frontline Faith and how to donate, click here.