The feast day for Joan of Arc is observed on May 30th every year, which is the anniversary of her death by burning at the stake on May 30, 1431. This year also marks Joan’s 600th birthday anniversary. In France, various celebrations are being held throughout 2012.
Joan of Arc is the patron saint of France, but she’s much more than that. Not only was she a great woman of faith, but she remains the youngest military commander in history – male or female – at just 17 years of age. The whole world has never forgotten Joan’s heroism and fortitude, even in the face of death. Joan’s story continues to fascinate and inspire people of all ages.
Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of England during World War II, wrote: “Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years.” American author Mark Twain wrote a remarkably accurate historical novel about Joan’s life and mission called The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.
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