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75th anniversary of D-Day

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Today is the 75th anniversary of the Normandy invasion. Over 150,000 Allied forces took part in the invasion. Over a million men were part of the overall battle of Normandy. Thousands of ships and planes. Even trying to fathom the size of the operation is impossible to comprehend.
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A lot of our mental images of what D-Day would have been like come from the opening sequence of the movie Saving Private Ryan. D-Day hero and Medal of Honor recipient Walter Ehlers used to tell people to multiply that scene by 60 to appreciate what it was actually like.

Memorial Day and the importance of remembering

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American Revolution – 25,000
War of 1812 – 15,000
Civil War – 364,511
World War I – 116,516
World War II – 405,399
Korean War – 36,516
Vietnam – 58,209
Afghanistan and Iraq – 6,713

To the hundreds of thousands of men and women who gave their lives in the service and defense of America, thank you.

American missionary killed: the cost of the gospel, the necessity for wisdom

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An American missionary, John Allen Chau lost his life on a remote island off the coast of India last week.
His goal was to share the gospel with the Sentinelese tribe. Their island is a protected area, which is isolated from the outside world. The tribe has also been violent towards visitors in the past.

Chau attempted going to the island and the Sentinelese shot arrows at him, forcing Chau to flee. But he returned again, tragically losing his life.

I’m conflicted about this story. It is certainly very unfortunate that this man lost his life. I appreciate that he had a desire to go somewhere and share the love of Jesus with people who didn’t know it.