Irving Ray Stringham Jr Funeral Services
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Memorial Services for
Irving Ray Stringham, Jr.
January 14, 1945
Bishop Haws:We will commence our services this afternoon with a song by May Calder and Earl Calder--”In the Garden” Accompanied by Helen C. Larson.
Our Heavenly Father--this beautiful Sunday we are met for Memorial Services for one of our finest young men who has given his life in the cause of liberty and justice in this world. And we pray while we are here that Thy spirit may indeed be here in rich abundance and the speakers may be so inspired and guided as to say those things that will bring us to a full realization of life and that will bring to those who mourn for this man the solace that they so badly need at this time. That they may see the purpose and plan of life, that they may be more willing to share in as much as he has been called home. We pray that for each of us that this sacrifice that has been given may reach into our lives that we here may be able to be earnest in our industry to serve Thee in the cause of justice and right. That we here may be able to carry on and do our part and be more willing to make the sacrifices, to do all we can to bring to an end this great conflict which is taking so many.
We dedicate these services into Thy care and keeping in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Presentation of colors by American Legion.
Marimba Solo: Army Air Corps Song.--Anna Fay Snow. Accompanied by Mable Stagg
H. M. Lundell:
This large audience is a very fine tribute to Irving Ray. I can assure you that I had a very difficult assignment today because Irving Ray was a very dear friend of mine. If you can bear with me I will try to relate a few experiences which I think depict the life and character of this young man.
I first became directly associated with Irving Ray when he was a neighbor boy. When he became twelve years of age, I found him standing ready to pass his scout test that he might enter our scout troop. It was there that I began to know some of his sterling qualities. From there he came on into high school and it was my privilege to work with him there, his being a student in the department in which I was working. I would like to relate just a little story--one of the first experiences I had with him on a trip with about thirty or more boys when we went to San Diego to the World Exposition. I had to give him a lot of encouragement nine years ago last July to get him to take his first flight in an airplane. You could not imagine that today. All of the boys were lined up for their turns--Irving Ray with another young man from this community, who is serving his country in the Navy, seemed to be just a little more timid than the others. They kept moving down the line for their turn. Then the pilot noticed these fellows were a little backward. I believe because of that he gave them just a little thrill in the air. I witnessed from the ground his first thrill; I am sure, as he gave quite a dip with that plane. When he came down he thought that was quite an experience. Irving didn’t crave to get on that ship like a lot of the other boys but he had courage to do the thing he was afraid of. Since that time, of course, he overcame that. He wasn’t afraid to even offer his life and to take whatever chances he would need to take. My last written word from him came in a card which was written the last of September. He said, “We got some thrills over there occasionally,” but he seemed anxious to get into
it and get the big job over with.
Shortly after he came to high school it became my privilege as the principal for the institution and having worked with him before, I knew, as I said before, of many of his sterling qualities. If there was a job to be done, I knew of no one more responsible than Irving Ray. I believe if I were to single out any one individual who served in the back-stage, you might say, for that institution, at present I believe I would select Irving Ray. Some of the things which he did for three years--taking this from the record in the yearbook, or some of it--for three years he operated our moving picture machines and all I had to do was post the schedule of the departments that were using the educational films and feature films that were to be shown to the entire group. Those films were brought to the school to be shown. Sometime the day after they were shown I would think, “I wonder what about those films?” “They were mailed yesterday,” he would say. I left that responsibility for about three years then with Irving Ray.
He was on the paper staff for either two or three years and his main job was care of the mimeograph machine and publicity, and I know often times his Mother would find him at late hours in the evening up there working. Sometimes the machine was out of order. He took the responsibility of repair and the printing of all our school papers. We also had a lot of advertising and other publicity, which was taken care of. I remember particularly a little song folder that was made up by Irving Ray, with appropriate little cartoons by each song; and then some programs for the various assemblies. I showed some of his work to the A. B. Dick representative of the particular mimeograph machine we are using and he said, “If you will give me some of those copies from your file, I will give you six quire of stencils,” and that was done and Irving Ray was informed on his good work.
He was also listed as photographer. We sent him on various occasions to get pictures films of some of our student activity. I remember particularly one in which we participated at the Brigham Young University in the Invitational Track Meet and he brought back some very fine pictures. We were able to show the main events to our student body, with the color film. And that has been about eight or nine years ago when color photography with amateurs was almost out of the question. We were considering buying a new machine here at one time and a representative from one company came out and I asked him to show this film on his projector. I told him they were colored films. “No, he wouldn’t show them,” he said. “I tell you no amateur has any business fooling with these colored pictures and I don’t want to show those on this machine. You will think it is inferior.” “If you won’t show them on there, I will let him show you the picture with our old silent projector,” I said. He said, “this machine will do as good a job or better than the old machine.” About two days after this representative was here he wrote and asked for about four films we had. He wanted to show them around with his projector throughout the state.
At our school for four years he was stage electrician. The responsibility for the lighting for plays, for all programs, and again many extra hours were required in preparation. The school play was ready for production--a couple of nights before he would have to work with the group in getting the proper lighting arrangements, and we still have some of the fixtures which were built by him.
I don’t wish to take much time but I do have a lot of respect and regard for this young man. Not only these characteristics I have mentioned, but his attitude and moral character I think would be unquestioned. He lived a clean life, a fearless life. He had nothing to fear because he was doing his part. He started in serving at a very early age and so when it came to this big task he did it with a smile. I never have found anyone more willing more cooperative and more dependable than Irving Ray.
The question naturally comes to all of us, “He has given his life--but what for.” I heard a young man not long ago say, “I am willing to die for the cause of right. When I return, if I do return, I would like to see peace established.” Perhaps the topic that is most popular outside of winning the War in the world today is winning the peace. What can we do? What can you do and what can I do? I would like to refer for just a minute or two to two articles here. One from the Reader’s Digest written by the Rev. Dr. Peter Marshall, in the last Reader’s Digest, first topic in it. The title is “Quicken the Spirit Within You” and here is what he says about America.
“America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government. We have the genius and the skill, the political forms, the wealth, the natural resources, and the ability to lead the whole world into a bright new tomorrow in which the hopes of the human heart may be achieved, and our desires and prayers all realized. There can be life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness available to all men, regardless of their race or their color.” ------ “We cannot follow God’s plan, until we, you and I, as individuals follow it. There are evil forces within the nation. Love of self, love of power and authority have enslaved the hearts of many Americans. Our moral standards have been lowered--and no nation makes progress in a downward direction. --- our strength is limited only by our faith in asking God’s help. Let us be honest about it. If we have thrown away our national heritage, if we no longer believe that this nation was founded under God, if, contrary to what is stamped upon our coins, our trust is not in God but in something else, let us say so. Let us at least not be hypocrites. “The challenge of these critical days is that we begin to be truly Christian in all our relationships--or stop pretending. We are fighting for total victory unless we fight for total Christianity. “Choose ye this day whom ye will serve”. For it is an imperishable verity: “No man can serve two master”.
In that line George Washington said: “No people can be found to acknowledge and adore the invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than the people of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency”. Then he further states: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports, . . . Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”
Daniel Webster said: “If we and our posterity shall be true to the Christian religion, and if we and they shall live always in the fear of God, and shall respect his commandments, . . . we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country.
Then Abraham Lincoln said: “God rules this world, . . . I am a full believer that God knows what he wants a man to do--that which pleases him. It is never well with that man who heeds it no....Without the assistance of the Divine Being, I cannot succeed, with that assistance I cannot fail.”
Then again Lincoln warns: “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow...and to recognize the sublime truth that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord”.
I do hope that we may all do our part unselfishly, giving all that is necessary for us to give, in order to help develop this permanent peace, and in conclusion I pray that the blessings of God be on this wife, this mother, this father, this brother and sister, that they may feel that his going has been for a great cause, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dean LaVon Menlove:
This is indeed a difficult thing for me to do today, and still I feel that if I will have the spirit of the Lord for a few minutes to help prompt me that what I may say will be of some help and consolation to all of us and strengthen our testimony. We all require help more or less from each other. One thing that makes it quite difficult for me because in a way of having this young man with us in school and he more or less depended upon me at times for fatherly advice, for his father and mother were a number of miles away and the problems of school and which classes to take, which would be the most beneficial and where he would be the best at. He would be out at our home and I always appreciated consulting with him and try to give any advice that I could that might help him along his line of choice.
Irving was born in California, in San Diego, in 1920. At that particular time his father and mother were there performing missionary services for the Church and you would naturally expect that a very choice spirit would be sent to them under those circumstances. He was a very robust young fellow and acquired a stature very rapidly; and you folks, of course, were very well acquainted with him in school. Brother Lundell has outlined his outstanding activities, his effort and ingenuity wherever he put his hand. He came to our home at the time he was out to the Brigham Young University, and we helped him what we could to get his subjects lined up the way he thought best. He was very active in school and in a number of ways. Sometimes I wondered almost what to advise him what to do--he seemed to have so many abilities. He was a very good artist. In fact, he helped me with some drawings and charts, etc., in connection with some little electronic displays and talks I was attempting to give at the time. He prepared the charts for me and was very active in art and music; and whenever there was anything like that he could help with, he was very anxious to do it. He came to the school and immediately took active part, after being president of his graduating class here at the Uintah High School in 1938. He came out to school and was in the Val Norm social unit and took active part in music. He became drum major and led the college band in drum major work, which was quite an accomplishment, considering the thousand or more students who were there, to be able to qualify to quickly for that leadership. I felt, having this home association, we had the opportunity to help him out and introduce him to commercial work, being in the telegraph office; and he came in on a part-time basis and helped me in the telegraph office. He learned the work there, picking it up very rapidly, and became exceedingly self-sufficient. He could take charge and take the responsibility, and I soon found that he could be left alone with the entire charge of the office when I needed to be away for several days. He had very good judgment with the public and was liked so well, that he got along very find. During the time that he was in the office, we had many tourists through at that time, and so many people commented on his personality and his cheerful handling of the problems, no matter what they were--and we had many varieties--people who had serious illness or just the question of a flat tire, or some money to get along on--but he was always helpful and tried to help people and could help them, and I do not recall at any time when he became out of patience when up against the public where he could not serve them in a very cheerful manner.
While at school he took the CAA pilot training work and learned to fly over the Utah Lake and airport, etc. He took me up for my first airplane ride and gave me a little dip or two to introduce me and I look back on those things with very pleasant memories, and I always will. He, after completing the CAA training, he was still in the University, and went up to Fort Douglas a few times to join up with the regular air corps training in 1941; but at that particular time he was a little bit nervous about it and the doctor asked if he had any heart trouble or anything. He said “No”, and the doctor said, “Well, you are a little nervous today. You come back and be examined again. You are in very good health it seems”. Anyway he worked awhile until he was called back in and passed his physical in very good shape. At the time they gave him some tests at Fort Douglas to see what department they really wanted him in, and he passed four different requirements with top notch ratings, and there was some discussion just where to use him. He had abilities in many lines. He typed, did photographic work, had aeronautical training also, but they felt he was needed more in the air work possibly; so he wrote that they had sent him some very light clothing so he was probably going south, so he went to Sheppard Field near Wichita, Texas. He was there for some time and he wondered what they were going to do with him, he wasn’t going into active work very fast, but they had brought him into the office work, handling the mail, etc., and sort of made him a personal contact man for the new men coming in and making them feel at home at the base. I thought that was quite a compliment to him to think they would pick him for his character that way and his pleasing personality made him the man to help do that kind of thing.
At Kelly Field, he was moved over there--and out of some 20,000 men they had under consideration, the government was looking for some instructors in aeronautics in a hurry and they were very short of good men who were trained as instructors. So they picked out of 20,000 a special group of 400 and after numerous tests they put him in those 400 and sent him to Randolph Field to see how soon they could make top-notch instructors out of new material, by picking the very best material they could find to work on. They put them through the same training which West Point cadets get for four years, to see how soon they could put them through. In 13 weeks they gave them the same training they had previously considered took at least two years, then they had cut it down to 20 months for hurried work. They put his experimental “Class X” through in 13 weeks--that is the ones that were able to come through the training completely were through in that time. And General Arnold was there to give them their wings, the only time that they had that kind of reception there before or since. And he gave them their wings and he commented very favorably upon their ability, to think they could take these young men and in 13 weeks they could make men capable of instructing pilots and in such a short time. They must have been very selective in gathering the material for that.
He went to Waco as an instructor in instrument flying there along with other flying work for a year and a half. He talked to me on furlough and at other times about the instruments, the type of airplane they would use commercially after the war, every instrument was used and made up in such a complete way that everything in aeronautics that they had been able to use universally they were trying to incorporate in this training; for adverse weather, landing in fog and such problems as that.
After that the base at Waco was more or less discontinued for that type of training. He made full licensed pilot. He was transferred over to Fort Worth to take on additional training in different types of planes, so that he would be qualified in all types of planes, they had, and he took additional work there and after that he had some opportunity to stay there, but he felt that the time had come to go into active work and he asked for combat work. They sent him to Fresno, California. For large planes, they train the crews together for some time to be sure they are familiar with each other and that they can work together well in emergencies and they found that that way of training is very beneficial when they get out under active strain. There he selected another young man who lived in Provo, Creed Brimhall, because he was a fellow of his habits, that he was a good, clean Mormon Boy and believed in the habits that Irving believed in, he asked for him as co-pilot, and they got a very good crew together and they did considerable training in what they call visual flying, night flying, etc., flying over Nevada and the surrounding country in their training.
While he was in California, the young lady that he had met in Waco, Miss Eugenia Hearn, came out and they were married. At the time we were not acquainted with her, but I said, “Well, I have always had good respect for Irving Ray’s judgment, and whoever he selects and takes as his mate will be a noble character and that will be the first requisite they must have--a strong and noble character--or he would not take up with them”. So I have always felt, that, and since we have become acquainted with his wife, everything that I have seen has substantiated that feeling. She has been under the strain of conditions now and the uncertainty for some time and the adverse news, but we all have to stand up under those things at times and take the forward-looking attitude, and I am pleased personally with the stamina and spirit that this little wife has shown.
They were soon transferred to Hamilton Field before leaving for their task, they did not know just where. They were sent across the continent and then to Italy. We heard quite a bit from Irving in Italy. He wrote faithfully to me and also to his folks at home. He was very keen observer about things. And the things I heard from him were things I had not really seen before in the war. But he went on a number of missions out of Italy, passed some twenty or more up to the latter part of October, and he had been in very adverse conditions--we know that--and one of his high ranking officers--because of censorship he could not say whom--came to the base wanting a reconnaissance flight over Germany, Austria, and Greece and all over, and this high ranking officer picked him because he wanted to ride with this man. They had a very severe experience. Irv said the flak was extremely bad and the officer was very much upset. Of course, he said he had seen a lot of that before, but by the time they reached the field all but one was out, but he set it down. And the officer that went along--we do not know who it was--but he was very grateful that he had such an able man flying his plane and he felt that he would never have gotten back otherwise.
We cannot do a great deal one way or another to enlarge upon the accomplishments or otherwise--they stand for themselves. I thought as we looked at some of the pictures he had taken in actual combat work--and I thought at first that I would be too disturbed and I would rather not see them at this time--but after I had seen them and his spirit, and how he was holding up under these conditions that require such manhood, it made me feel good. What we do under pressure, when we are tired and things are hard and adverse is what shows our real character. It is easy to be fair weather people and go along when things are well and good, but what we do when things are adverse and when we have got to meet the hard things, is what shows our true character, and when people can be joyful in spirit and still be themselves under adversity, it gives me more strength and faith than most anything I know, because it makes me feel that this young man did, realizing that we do not know any of us just how long we will be here, to do our work the best we can while we are here, that this is really part of life eternal, that we leave here and continue the things and work that we have accomplished and learned to understand here, and we meet many experiences in life. I often think that this young man has had experiences that many of us will not reach even though we live to be 75 to 90 years old. Life is only measured by the contacts in life with everyone and to learn to understand people and learn to love each other and that way, I believe, we see more of the purpose of this eternal progress than any other way. Faith is the most propelling thing that I know. I have studied quite a bit in the realities and the material things of life, the tangible things we see and feel, and they are all made up of the same electronic construction, but the real things of life are the things which keeps us together spiritually, and guides us on and with which we can communicate with the people that are gone and those that are still here, and I would like to bear my testimony on that, and I feel that I have received from time to time many direct promptings for my benefit and good, that the intelligence and understanding could only have come from a divine source, and those that have gone on and have the understanding and information that I do not have yet.
In the communications field that I have worked with ever since I was a boy, there the property of resonance is one of the outstanding things that I know. That one vibration or frequency can be turned to one source and it will respond only to that vibration and no other. It is not hard for me to reconcile that and we can have the faith to communicate with God and with people who have left us whenever we can lace ourselves in tune so that it can come to us. And so I feel that if we can live to keep ourselves in tune with the spirit and if we will ask God for help and understanding the truth will come to us in such a way that there can be no question as to the source and we will understand things that we felt were beyond our comprehension. There are so many things we do not understand too well--perhaps it is best that way--and that we must develop here first of all faith in these things, and faith is one of the most important principles of that system of things, and so I ask the Lord to be with us and that as we think about this good man and recall our association with him, let us all try to be what he would like us to be, and I am sure that he will be pleased if we will do that. There is no other thing that we could say or do that would please him more. I ask these blessings in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Just why this particular poem was written then, we probably will never know. It is called “A Soldier’s Last Prayer” and dedicated to Irving Ray, and was written by J. Thoral in April, 1942.
A SOLDIERS LAST PRAYER
On that field of bomb blown sod
He knelt in reverence to his God.
Oh Why dear God must I give
My sacred life - so others live?
Am I not to have my right
To live with glory in thy sight?
And Who are those who call us here?
And teach us that this death is dear
What right have they to hand me death
And take my souls last gasping breath?
Please Grant that my death be not in vain
And that our great freedom will be retained
Grant that this freedom will always live
For my life - to freedom - I gladly give.
And Grant me God a glory on high
For to this end I lay to die
May my deeds upon this earth
Prove to you my gloried worth.
But His is not to reason why
His is to suffer, bleed and die.
My brothers and sisters and friends, the immediate family of Irving Ray. I feel it an honor this afternoon having been asked of the family to occupy a portion of the time. I sometimes wonder if I am worthy of a calling of this kind to speak about a boy who lived in our community, who grew up and lived as near a perfect life as he could live. I have known this family, I have known Ray and Vera for a number of years and I just had the pleasure the other evening to meet Irving Ray’s companion and sweet little wife who is mourning at this time. I have known the boys--the two boys--and the girls and have known each one of them for their sterling character and the splendid lives that they have lived in our midst. I do not think that Ray and Vera have any regrets, because they have raised a wonderful family. I remarked today, “It seems to make no difference when you meet them; they always meet you with a smile as though there was really something to this life”.
I see the time is passing and I would like to just refer briefly to the subject that the grave is not the end. I would like to read a stanza from Wordsworth’s “Ode to Immortality”:
“Our birth is but a sleep and forgetting, The soul that rises with us, our life’s star hath had elsewhere its setting and cometh from afar.
Not in entire forgetfulness and not in utter nakedness, out trailing clouds of glory, do we come from God, who is our home”.
I am sure that the family has confidence that the grave is not the end, that this great plan of ours, this great plan of salvation, there is something to it; where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going after this life, I love that story that is told of our first parents, you know it has been told thousands and thousands of times. When man was placed upon this earth and given a helpmate and placed in that beautiful garden called the Garden of Eden, the commandment was given to multiply and replenish the earth; they were told of all the trees thou mayest eat, but the tree of knowledge of good and evil thou shall not, for in the day thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. Our first parents partook of the fruit. They were cast from the Garden of Eden and placed on the earth to earn their bread by the sweat of their brow. They were temporarily left in darkness and later on they were commanded to offer sacrifices. An angel of the Lord then appeared to them and asked, “Why dost thou offer sacrifices”. He said, “I know not save the Lord commanded me”. Then he was told to do that in the name of the only Begotten, who was yet to come, and Christ was spoken of the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, He volunteered before this world was created to come and die for mankind. “As in Adam all men die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive”. Christ came in the Dispensation of the Meridian of time. He has made it possible that you and I might take up our bodies and live again. He has made it possible that these people here today may meet Captain Irving Ray Stringham again. Every human being that has lived upon the earth will have the privilege, regardless of what he has done, to live again and be judged according to men in the flesh.
As I have said, the time is passing. I think that all that has been given by the previous speakers was wonderful. It has given us food for thought, and in conclusion may I read from one of the great philosophers of America, a classic that he gave not many years ago and a testimony to the world that the grave is not the end:
“Christ gave us proof of immortality, and yet it would hardly seem necessary that one should rise from the dead to convince us that the grave is not the end. To every created thing God has given a tongue that proclaims a resurrection.
If the Father designs to touch with divine power the cold and pulse less heart of a buried acorn and to make it burst forth from its prison walls, will he leave neglected in the earth the soul of man, made in the image of His Creator? If he stoops to give to the rose bush, whose withered blossoms float upon the autumn breeze, the sweet assurance of anther springtime, will he refuse the words of hope to the sons of men when the frosts of winter come? If matter, mute, inanimate, though changed by the forces of nature into a multitude of forms, can never die, will the spirit of man suffer annihilation when it has paid a brief visit like a royal guest to this tenement of clay? No, I am sure that there is another life as I am that I live today.
In Cairo I secured a few grains of wheat that had slumbered for more than three thousand years in an Egyptian tomb. As I looked at them this thought came into my mind: If one of those grains had been planted on the banks of the Nile the year after it grew, and all its lineal descendants planted and replanted form that time until now, its progeny would today be sufficiently numerous to feed the teeming million of the world. There is in the grain of wheat an invisible something which has power to discard the body that we see, and from earth and air fashion a new body so much like the old one that we cannot tell the one from the other. If this invisible germ of life in the grain of wheat can pass unimpaired through three thousand resurrections, I shall not doubt that my soul has power to clothe itself with a body suited to its new existence when this earthly frame crumbles into dust”.
May God help us and may God bless these parents, this wife, and this boy and girl who have been called upon to mourn at this time, as I said they have no regrets. Captain Irving Ray Stringham answered his Nation’s call. He fought for liberty and for the flags that stand before us today, and may God bless us is my prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Song: George Damis, accompanied by Mable Stagg. “Lay My Head Beneath A Rose”.
H. Walter Woolley:
We have heard enough, I think, this afternoon in way of eulogy and I appreciate that we have within our minds, even those who were not well acquainted with Captain Stringham, an understanding of the basis qualities of his character, of his many and diverse talents and capabilities, and the uses to which they have been put during the years of his life. His life has not been long as we measure it in terms of years, and yet as was alluded to by one of the previous speakers, perhaps there has been a lot lived in those few short years, much more than many of us may live in a long life-time. These things are not measured in years, they are measured in the use to which we put the talents which God has given us, and unto some, according to the scriptures, he gave one talent, and to some two and some five, and at the day of judgment there was to be required a report at their hands of their stewardship and the use they had made of the various talents given them, and to one who was privileged to receive of many talents and has used them wisely and remained faithful in his trust to His God, it would seem to me that there would be a reward commensurate to the amount of effort he has put forth. We have heard today considerable of what might come out of this great and terrible conflict, and that out of it shall come a universal peace, a better understanding between men and nations, that out of it there is coming a higher regard of man for his brother and an understanding that he and his brother can live together in peace without reverting to such barbaric wars as now afflict the world. We look hopefully toward that outcome. We believe that through some manner or means and some changing of hearts of men that such a thing can be made possible; at least we hope so, for after all we would hate to go through all we are through and feel that it was to be in vain. I think none of us would wish for that by an manner of means; and those boys and girls who have given their lives such as he has for this cause of freedom, of justice and of peace, it would indeed be the worst thing that could have happened if they had given everything that they held dear to a losing cause, that other men might frustrate the very things for which they died.
As we look forward to the dawn of peace, to a glorious tomorrow in which we can be participants, it is a wonderful thought if it can be made to come, but I have one other thought to go hand in hand with that. These boys and girls who have given their lives that it might be possible all of the time, they have not lived to see it. They have made the supreme sacrifice of everything that was worthwhile in life, that we might see it and that we might live it. Isn’t it only fair and right that they shall have their tomorrow? If there is any justice in the merciful providence of God, these men and women shall have a tomorrow, a tomorrow that shall be as full and as real as any tomorrow that you and I would live to see. That is the hope that I hold out of this terrible conflict, and those who are called upon to go, that to them will come a fullness of the things that they have been denied here.
May I leave that thought with you as a consoling thought to this family, to others who have passed through it, and to many of us who must pass through this same experience. God grant we may have faith to appreciate it, faith to walk and above all that we may live in our lives and in our hearts and to say as Lincoln did in that immortal declaration, “That these honored dead shall not have died in vain”.
God bless us with courage to see this fulfilled, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Song: “The Lord’s Prayer” by Edith Neal, accompanied by Helen C. Larson.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have participated on the program, for all of the kind words, the cards and messages that have come to the family. I am sure that they do appreciate it, and they wanted us to express their appreciation to you. These beautiful flowers, the singing, speaking, was just a little of the feeling I am sure we have toward the family.
As a Bishopric we do extend to them our sympathy and our love, and may they have that peace that our Savior gave to his disciples when he said, “My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you”. And I am sure that all of us that have these trying times ahead of us will find solace and peace through that source--we can get it in no other way. Commander Lambert will present a flag to the family, after which Brother Byron Goodrich will offer the closing prayer, then the colors will be retreated, and this service will be completed.
Brother and Sister Stringham, on behalf of the government and the United States of America, it is my privilege to present this flag to you through the American Legion; and in behalf of the government we express deepest sympathy in the death of our comrade, Irving Ray.
Our Heavenly Father, at the conclusion of this service, we bow our heads in humility and thank Thee that we have been privileged to meet in peace to pay our honor and respect to one who has given his all to the cause of Heaven. We thank Thee for the life of this young man, for the many fine qualities that he possessed. We do feel grateful fro the words of consolation and comfort that have been spoken today and for everything that has been said and done. We thank Thee for the faith and for the hope we have that death is not the end, and we pray that Thou will help us to have greater understanding, that this consolation will come to us in times of trial like this. We pray Thee, our Father, to bless those of our number who are scattered throughout different parts of the world, that they have Thy protection, that they may return to us as soon as possible. And especially at this time we pray, our Father, that Thy special blessings will be with those who are caused to mourn at this time. May the words that have been spoken today rest with them in the future that they may bring solace and consolation to them. Our Father, let Thy spirit be with each and every one of us throughout our lives, that we may be able to understand the purpose of life and that when these trials come we may be able to make the proper adjustment. These blessings we pray for in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.