The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
I look out my window this morning and the flag that waves just above me each day has taken a lower perch. Half-mast speaks of sorrow and loss, and each time I see the flag dropped below my window, I wonder whose life we are honoring.
Today, those who died at Pearl Harbor seventy years ago are being recognized by lowering our flags. Now, I’ve only lived fifty of the seventy years since, but there are few historic dates that have been more familiar and repeatedly taught to me than this one. The men and women we remember today were on the front edges of a battle we hadn’t yet seen coming. Like those who died in the World Trade Centers sixty years later, they had targets drawn on their lives that no one had yet seen.
The response to both of these tragedies was war–full scale retaliation and the ultimate defeat of those who dared cross our borders with evil intent. We may not have anticipated the attack on Pearl Harbor or the bombings in New York City, but none can deny that our nation responded every effort to bring their attackers to justice.
In times of peace, our heroes are admired for their successes. In times of war, heroes are chosen for their sacrifice. And it seems this latter group are more worthy of our honor.