This week we are going to look at some great leaders and great men. We start with this picture of Eisenhower speaking to the paratroopers on the eve of the Normandy invasion. These men are about to be dropped behind enemy lines in what Eisenhower knew, and what they knew would likely be a suicide mission. Within 24 hours most of the men in the picture had been killed or severely wounded. The men were under no misconception of the danger they were facing. I am amazed at the quiet determination on their faces as they prepare for such a mission.
In looking at a picture like this I am really struck by how lightly we take our freedom these days and how quickly we have forgotten the price paid by men like these.