Words to that effect were probably heard in the majority of churches across our land the day before Memorial Day. In some churches, every week.
Piosity is a very deceptive thing. I suppose that the Levite (Judg 19) that offered his concubine to the scoundrels of Gibeah, and as he heard the clothes tearing and the thump of flesh against the earth, might have prayed something similar. “We pray for thy protection of this young girl that stands in harm’s way to defend us.”
The things that are fitting in respect to a nation that sends girls out with guns to defend it, are apologies and deep repentance, not prayers for God’s blessings on the plan.
But our cowardice becomes double-murder when we realize we are sending them, indeed into harm’s way, but certainly not to defend this country.