Remembering D-Day, Courage, and Virtue

C.S. Lewis said, “Courage is not simply one of the virtues but the form of every virtue at the testing point, which means at the point of highest reality.”

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, “I have ful confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.” 

Courage is what I think of when I think about the heroic sacrifice on D-Day. D-Day is “courage day” in my estimation. May their actions inspire our virtue to rise courageously at the “testing point’ in our own lives. Don’t shrink back from telling your children and grandchildren about what took place on June 6, 1944. The waters were choppy; the winds were terrible; many drowned from just jumping into the water; mines exploded under many of the incoming crafts; more mines awaited them on shore; heavy artillery bombarded them; body parts and blood exploded on them, and yet they marched forward — to victory. 

Let us not squander the inheritance bequeathed to us by the heroic men on the shores of Normandy. They were resolute in the face of the enemy and tyranny. They wished their children and children’s children a world shaped by the virtues of freedom and honor. The greatest triumphs emerge through sacrifice. Let us resolve to preserve their triumph. May we ever be the land of the free and home of the brave. Might, alone, doesn’t make right, so let us ever be vigilant to uphold the virtues that made D-Day a worthy cause. #Dday

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