This week our hearts have gone out to the victims and families of those in Paris. There are no words that could make this sorrow lighten. But sometimes in the midst of sorrow, we see great courage.
Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos were on vacation. Frustrated that their wi-fi wasn’t working, they transferred to another part of the high-speed train which they were riding. As a huge part of France’s transport system, this train carried far more people than an airplane.
Close friends, they read each other’s responses quickly and acted on instinct. Throwing themselves on a gunman attempting to open fire in a passenger train takes no small amount of courage. They saved many lives that day.
Even more amazing, while his thumb was mostly severed, Spencer Stone saw a wounded victim squirting blood from his neck. He plugged the hole with his fingers, applying pressure until the paramedics showed up.
They don’t much see themselves as heroes, just at the right place at the right time. The French President didn’t see it the same way. He recognized their courage by awarding them France’s highest honor.
The ceremony set to take place at Palace Elysee was an absolute must-see for the gentleman’s mothers in the United States. What mom wouldn’t want to see her son knighted? But none of them had passports.
The U.S. state department helped to bridge that hurtle and just in time for the ceremony they arrived at the Palace to see their son’s knighted. I realize I’ve said that a few times, but knights do still exist all of you romance lovers out there.
The three gentlemen and two others were honored as Knights of the Legion of Honor. Their moms were there to honor their sons’ courage and heroism.
In moments like those in the Paris attack, we grieve, but it is the courage of some that gives us hope.
THERE BE KNIGHTS!
What heartwarming stories or courage from the past few weeks gives you hope that THERE BE KNIGHTS?
*Yesterday’s Super Sleuth Challenge Answer was #1. The phone holder was showing off a new GPS feature.