Traditionally we will find ourselves using one of a select set of readings - the most common being the 'Greater love has no one than to lay down their life for another' as it speaks of the Selfless Commitment that is found in Jesus' journey to the cross and the Values and Standards of the British forces. So let's have a look at it in a bit of detail:
“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked."
"They went with songs to the battle, they were young, straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow. They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted, they fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them."
I hope, and pray, the words of this reflection touch, help and inform those who read it.