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Honoring our Armed Forces

      WHEREAS, many of our Brother Knights, along with thousands of other servicemen and women, are presently deployed in hostile and unstable regions around the world in efforts to combat terrorism, maintain order and promote peace; and

      WHEREAS, many of these men and women have heroically given their lives or sustained serious or debilitating injury while deployed in the service of their country; and

      WHEREAS, we are committed to the spiritual welfare of the armed forces through our ongoing support of the Archdiocese for the Military Services Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program, which is critical to the formation of new military chaplains, and by providing more than 665,000 military prayer books to Catholic troops around the world, including more than 65,000 copies of a bilingual edition for the Canadian military; and

      WHEREAS, we maintain 65 active military councils around the world and have one war-zone roundtable in Kabul, Afghanistan; and

      WHEREAS, since 2013, we have worked with the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, to sponsor the annual Warriors to Lourdes Pilgrimage, which provides an opportunity for non-wounded, wounded, ill or injured military personnel to travel to this special Marian shrine for spiritual renewal and healing; and

      WHEREAS, we are committed to “serving those who served” through the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services program, with Brother Knights donating more than 100,000 hours of volunteer service at 130 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers last year.

      NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus reaffirms our unequivocal gratitude, support and encouragement for the men and women of the armed forces who defend our liberties and freedoms; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that we will never waver in our commitment to recognize the contributions of every service member on active duty, in the Guard, in the Reserves, and all veterans and retired service members; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that we prayerfully support and encourage the families of those servicemen and women who are deployed overseas; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that we continue to pray for the mission success and the safe return of all military personnel throughout the world, especially those deployed to combat zones; and

      FURTHER RESOLVED, that we now pay tribute to those men and women who have served, especially those who have suffered serious combat injuries, and we pray for the souls of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives in the service of their country.