The beauty of Israel is slain on your high places! How the mighty have fallen!” (II Samuel 1:19 NKJV)
General William Orlando Darby (1911-1945) grew up at Fort Smith, AR, attended West Point graduating in 1933. He became the leader of the unit that would gain fame as Darby’s Rangers, distinguishing themselves in combat from North Africa to Europe. He led the Rangers through four landings in the Mediterranean War — North Africa, Sicily, Salerno and Anzio. Darby was killed by an artillery round on April 30, 1945, at the age of 34.
Many men, like Darby, have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s freedom, which in turn has aided many other nations in their times of need. To disparage the sacrifice of America’s families that sent their sons to war is to ignorantly reject the fact that those deaths didn’t just help us, but much of the world. We are not just a civilization built on wood, rock, and mortar, but also the blood, sweat, and tears of mighty ones that left safety so that we can retain ours!
As you come to church today, say a prayer for the families of the Fallen Mighty. Ask for God’s protection of our troops around the world, serving with a purpose. Enjoy the day that they have secured for you, and would desire you to live: With Remembrance of Them! They are loved today!