For a few precious nights in June of this year we left the real world and lived in a land in-between time----a world where the past and the present merge into one. We saw old men as the young brave boys they once were. The old men sang the love songs of their youth to the children of today, and the young serenaded the old with ancient wartime hymns of gratitude. We all ate, drank, hugged, sang and shared our hearts one with another. We spoke of the Lord, His mercies, His love and the rare gift of being able to spend one unforgettable week away from the real world to truly share the nobility of sacrifice and honor. It almost seemed make-believe, but it was real.

Have you ever seen one of those old World War II movies where soldiers at war take a break for an evening of refreshment, friendship and spontaneous song. I am thinking of those old WWII films where you expect to see Gene Kelly or one of his mates jump on a table and start dancing and crooning. Maybe those scenes always seemed contrived to you. I always thought they were. But we experienced something that seemed wonderfully reminiscent of the old canteen films, and even sweeter than the best of those vintage clips. It was the eve of the anniversary of D Day, and the quaint French restaurant on Juno Beach was packed to the brim with soldiers and those who loved them.

There was a division of men in their eighties from the Royal Highlanders. Exactly 67 years ago they were preparing to hit the beaches at this very hour and on the very spot where our restaurant looked out to the Normandy ocean. Also there that evening was our team of 101st airborne re-enactors, as well as real members of the 82nd and other divisions.

The young girls sang to to old men, and the old men sang back to them. The pipers played. We shouted, clapped and swapped hats and stories. It was a beautiful moment captured in this rare clip.

What makes it even more precious is that our daughters have developed a special writing relationship to their new "grandfathers" and have faithfully continued it from that day to the present, making sure to share the heart of the Gospel in their weekly communications. In all of this, may the Lord receive the glory.

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