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Honoring Those Who Served and Who Protect Us Today

May 24, 2021 by Nicole Curtis


In recent months, many of us have interacted with members of the National Guard when we rolled up our sleeve to receive the much-awaited COVID vaccine. If you were like me, it was a sobering experience but also one of great gratitude—as I was reminded of the sacrifice our service men and women make every day, being ready 24/7 to go wherever needed when war or crises occur. I am grateful for their willingness to serve and that they keep us safe in wartime and in times of peace.

Serving quietly and humbly behind the lines are the chaplains, who provide much needed spiritual care under a host of circumstances. We honor them for their great courage and compassion.

On this Memorial Day, we honor those who have given their lives for our country and give thanks for the veterans and service men and women of today.

Traditionally, Memorial Day marks the beginning of The Upper Room Chaplains’ Ministry campaign in which we raise awareness about and funds for this donor-led outreach. Donor gifts allow us to supply copies of The Upper Room daily devotional free-of-charge to military, VA hospital, and prison chaplains to help the people in their care create daily life with God.

We value your partnership and dedication to this long-standing ministry, established during World War II. Your gift of any size will make a difference. Thank you.

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Nicole Curtis serves as the communications manager at The Upper Room.

P.S. For $42, you can provide 10 copies per issue of The Upper Room to one chaplain for a year.


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