Jack Tueller Used a Weapon of Peace in a Time of War. and It Transformed the Enemy Into a Friend.

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On a wet June evening in 1944, Jack Tueller was cold and lonely and scared. Two days earlier, American and British forces had staged the largest amphibious assault in world history on the beaches of Nazi-occupied Normandy, France. D-Day was just the start of a long, difficult push into the heart of the Third Reich, and with one sniper capable of picking off troops at will, it was time for a night of quiet and sleep. But Tueller played a love song on his trumpet anyway, against the request of his captain. It wasn’t for the Allied troops – it was for the German out there, lonely, cold, scared, just like him. See a moment of empathy, connection, and the power of music in the clip below.

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.