(click for more pics)  Sacrifice isn’t a term I hear used very often anymore, unless it’s towards one’s own selfish gain such as sacrificing health, time, energy, family, resources, friendships, and/or community in order to attain a job, status, income, education for your children, etc.  But to sacrifice your life to liberate the oppressed and the occupied, especially probably having never met the person/people, is the ultimate sacrifice.

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  To hear the stories of these courageous men that stormed the beaches of Normandy, sacrificing their young lives for liberty and freedom for OTHERS on another continent, was incredibly moving.  I had the fortune to see the camps in Krakow, Poland, about 8 years ago.  The evil perpetuated by man, on man, was palpable.  I think every American, every citizen, should see what evil man hath wrought, and what good can come from true sacrifice.

We all fall short of the glory of God and we all are broken and flawed.  But there are often times flashes of light in this world, and seeing Normandy was one of those flashes for me.  May I endeavor to have the courage to be a light on the hill for others in order that darkness may flee.  Thank you to the brave men and women of “the greatest generation”.  May your sacrifices never be forgotten.

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