Thursday marks the 75th anniversary of when Allied forces invaded Normandy in occupied France during the Second World War, in an invasion known as D-Day.
Considered by many to be the largest amphibious invasion in military history, approximately 156,000 American, British, and Canadian troops landed on five beaches, eventually liberating France from Nazi control.
Amid the celebrations, remembrance, re-enactments, and solemn assemblies, here are what four Christian leaders have to say about that crucial turning point in the 20th century’s largest war.
Archbishop of Canterbury
Archbishop of Canterbury the Reverend Justin Welby, who heads the 80 million-member Anglican Communion, offered remarks in remembrance for the anniversary of D-Day and noted what he is doing to commemorate the event.
“On #DDay75 we remember the profound bravery and sacrifices of the coalition of international forces led by the UK & USA – and lament the horrors and destruction of war,” tweeted Archbishop Welby on Wednesday.
“It’s a privilege to be at the Normandy Peace Forum reflecting on peace, reconciliation, justice & forgiveness.”
The Reverend Franklin Graham, head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, took to social media to remember the anniversary.
In a post to his official Facebook page on Thursday morning, Graham noted that the event was “the beginning of the turning point of World War 2.”
He also quoted from a prayer given by then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to the nation at large, in which the former commander-in-chief called the invasion “a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.”
“And, O Lord, give us Faith. Give us Faith in Thee; Faith in our sons; Faith in each other; Faith in our united crusade,” prayed FDR, as quoted by Graham.
“Lead us to the saving of our country, and with our sister Nations into a world unity that will spell a sure peace a peace invulnerable to the schemings of unworthy men.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski