My glory all the Cross

When Frederick the Third of Prussia ran out of money in the war against Napoleon, he asked the women of Prussia to donate their gold and silver jewelry to help pay for the war effort. The response was overwhelming and every woman who donated her jewelry was given in return a simple cross made of iron; and, from that time on, the women of Prussia valued their iron crosses more than their most costly jewelry, and wore them with pride as proof of what they had sacrificed for their nation. From this was established the Order of the Iron Cross, for generations of Germans the symbol of sacrifice and gallantry in war.
For Christians, the Cross has always been the supreme symbol of sacrifice, and also the supreme symbol of what really matters in life – not what we get but what we give

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