Operation Overlord

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Sixty-nine years ago today, the largest invasion by armed forces in the history of the world took place as Allied forces during World War II landed on the beaches of Normandy, France. The operation, code-named “Operation Overlord”, began on June 6, 1944 and continued until late August of that year when Northern France was liberated. Each year, fewer veterans from this battle remain. We must never fail to honor them nor forget the sacrifice made by these soldiers and others to defeat the tyranny of the Fascist dictatorships that waged war on the free peoples of world during that evil time.

Lord God of Might and Mercy, we continue to pray for those who fought to protect us and defend liberty. May those who have died, by Your mercy, know Your saving graces and rest in your peace. And may we who have benefited from their sacrifice, never take our liberty for granted… make us grateful and vigilant. Amen.

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life™. A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplains to the St. Peter Chanel Business Association and co-founder of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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