Today, the eve of Memorial Day, also happens to be Trinity Sunday on the liturgical calendar, so it is fitting to recall Churchill’s Trinity Sunday exhortation to British forces during those grim days of May, 1940—a paraphrase from the Book of Maccabees in the Apocrypha:
Today is Trinity Sunday. Centuries ago words were written to be a call and a spur to the faithful servants of Truth and Justice: “Arm yourselves, be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar. As the Will of God is in Heaven, even so let it be.”
Sadly, it is unclear whether the British people are ready, let alone willing, to engage in serious battle against the barbarism in its midst today.