November 11 is Veterans Day, a day when we remember all those who have served our country in the Armed Forces. On this day in particular, and every day, we are grateful for the courageous sacrifices of our veterans. In their honor, here are five saints who also served their country:
1. St. Joan of Arc
One of history’s most famous female warriors is also a Catholic saint. St. Joan of Arc played a crucial role for France in the Hundred Years’ War with England. In addition to her heroic work on the battlefield, she also gave war counsel. But even greater than her military prowess was her faith in God, and she died a martyr.
2. St. George
Though the story of his slaying a dragon is a myth, St. George was nevertheless a great soldier for the Roman emperor Diocletian. St. George was a Christian all his life. When Diocletian began persecuting Christians and tried to convert St. George to pagan beliefs, he refused, earning for himself the crown of martyrdom.