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Today’s 4th of July post is in honor of Louie Zamperini, an American WWII hero

and an incredibly inspirational man.

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I read Louie’s story “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand two years ago and it had a profound impact on me. Louie was an Olympic runner from Torrance, California who flew in a B-52 bomber in WWII, was tortured and imprisoned at a Japanese internment camp and ultimately a man who found peace and the grace to later go back to Japan and forgive his prison guards. It’s a story of a man who suffered deeply, but who experienced redemption in the sweetest way imaginable.

Louie passed away yesterday and to be honest, I wasn’t sad. I felt thankful for his life, for his story and for the incredible legacy he leaves behind. Today, let’s pause and give thanks for the courageous men and women who fight each and every day for our freedom.

Unbroken is currently being made into a movie and it due in theaters soon. I highly recommend reading the book first. 🙂