The Christian Broadcasting Network (“CBN”) reported today about dozens of WWII veterans, mostly Americans and British, who traveled to Normandy this week to mark the 79th anniversary of D-Day – commemorating the decisive assault that led to the liberation of France and Western Europe from Nazi control.

Looking at the vastness of Utah Beach, with its sand blowing in strong wind and bright sunshine, made Robert Gibson’s memory of D-Day even more vivid.  “It was tough,” the 99-year-old veteran said of the moment when he landed there on June 6, 1944, alongside more than 150,000 other Allied troops.

The CBN report may be viewed HERE.

There won’t be many more years left for in-person commemorations, as the remaining veterans are in their nineties and mostly wheelchair bound.  We owe an indescribable debt to those men who charged the beaches into a high probability of death, but bravely fought against Nazi forces determined to dominate on a global scale under the leadership of evil personified, Adolf Hitler.

God bless these men that the Lord saw fit to save and keep alive to remind us that freedom isn’t free.  About 415,000 men and women made the ultimate sacrifice during WWII so that you and I can live and worship God in freedom.

This always reminds me of the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ, who while we were still sinners, willingly submitted Himself to death on the cross that we might be saved.

Scripture to consider:

John 15:12-13 (NLT)
“This is my commandment:  Love each other in the same way I have loved you.  There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

John 14:6 (NKJV)
“Jesus said to [Thomas], ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

Praise Jesus forevermore!

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