Today marks the 77th anniversary of one of the most momentous days in the history of the modern world, the invasion of Normandy by the Allied Forces. D-day. Imagine being an 18 year old kid, far from home in a foreign land with over 100,000 others ready to charge onto a beach you’ve trained to fight on for years. You’ve been cooped up on a ship for three days in the middle of a storm. You’re cold, tired, and seasick. You just want to get this over with so you can get home to your friends, family, and loved ones in peace. What drives you forward towards certain death in a hail of gunfire? What will keep you going when you see friends and comrades beside you fall? When the ramp of your landing craft opens and you are faced with a German machine gun every 82 feet, spewing hot lead towards you in a wall of fury, what will keep you from shrinking in fear? One man said it best, when describing those dark hours 77 years ago. Watch this video as he shares his story, and say a prayer for him as you remember the sacrifices that so many made that day.
Remember what was sacrificed, so that no one will ever need to to it again. Remember to love your neighbor, no matter their race, creed, beliefs, attitudes, or even their hair color! Love is what will keep us together during dark days, and keep this world from plunging into deeper darkness where young men would need to sacrifice themselves for another D-Day moment down the road.