Pointe du Hoc


Perhaps to my mind and in my heart alone does this solemn anniversary stir unspeakable gratitude tinged with incredulity and sadness. What those young American men (along with men from other Allied troops), men to whom President Ronald Reagan referred to as the “boys of Pointe du Hoc,” accomplished on the beaches of Normandy could only have been accomplished under the favorable hand of Providence.

I send you the below links because some of us (an increasing number) grew up without relationships with the men and women who served so gallantly in WWII. I treasure my memories and count myself fortunate to have been surrounded by those from the “greatest generation.” It would be tragic if the memory of their profound sacrifice faded from our collective memory.

Perhaps you will find a moment today to recall once more the selfless sacrifices that reflected our Saviour’s self-sacrifice.

The first link is to the speech President Ronald Reagan gave at the 40th Anniversary of D-Day when a significant number of veterans were still alive and present. Peggy Noonan (she was a brilliant speech writer) wrote the speech. Along with the text, there is a video of President Reagan speaking at the Normandy Anniversary.

Watch/read President Reagan’s speech.

The second link is from a very good opinion piece in this morning’s Post and Courier.

Read the editorial.

And finally, the opening 35 minutes or so of the movie, Saving Private Ryan (starring Tom Hanks and directed by Steven Spielberg) records cinematographically what is widely regarded as the most accurate recreation of the D-Day invasion. Well worth the watch.

Almighty God, with grateful hearts we thank you for those men and women who willingly sacrificed their lives in the service of our country. And, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Every blessing,

The Rt. Rev’d Stephen D. Wood
Bishop of the Diocese of the Carolinas
Rector of St. Andrew’s Church

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