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Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan, Temple Beth Israel, York, Pennsylvania, offered the following prayer: Almighty source of strength, peace and compassion, I stand humbly before You to ask Your blessing upon those who serve our great Nation, to all who dedicate themselves to its prosperity and security. Grant to each Member of this House the wisdom and vision to look steadfastly toward our future, to labor earnestly for the welfare of all, and to consider wholeheartedly the passion and sacrifice of those who came before us, who helped to preserve and foster the noblest ideals for which our Nation stands. Today, especially, we consider the valor of those four Army chaplains whose selfless acts of heroism 69 years ago not only saved the lives of others, but inspire us to serve in our own day to continue our partnership in Your ever-unfolding acts of creation on Earth. May the memories of the four chaplains and the ideals for which they lived ever remain a blessing. Amen.