Today is Memorial Day and it is a day we set aside to thank all of our nation's troops for the sacrifices they make or have made. These sacrifices have given us the freedom that we enjoy each day. Everyday that I leave my apartment I look at my USA flag uniform patch at the top of my door frame and I am moved. I am moved to be the best I can and to know no matter how bad a day I may have it can never compare to the soldier's suffering and sacrifices. I am thankful for that solider and their unwavering passion and love for our great nation.
I think that sometimes people in this country take their freedoms for granted and even abuse them. I will state this early in my post...I am not going to talk about politics or debate anything with you so save your rhetoric. This nation was founded on the will of the people. They were in search for a place to call home that guaranteed a certain way of life, a life of options and choices. How do you think we got these choices or freedoms?
The blood of our young men and women. That's how!
They gave all in the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure the American dream and way of life. This is not limited to the fighting for the USA. Think of all the sacrifices American troops made to free so many innocent people during WWII and the sacrifices they are making right now in the effort to give people in the Middle East a better way of life. They ask nothing in return accept to see their families and spend only precious few moments with the one's they love. They may never have this opportunity again. I ask that the next time you see one of our brave soldiers shake their hand, say thank you, and tell them you are proud of what they do. That is all they need. They need our support and to know that we Americans are behind them 100%. I am, I support them, shake their hands, and if I see them at a restaurant or coffee shop I buy their meal or coffee for them. This is my duty as an American...support the people that give me the chance to live my life.
Today I took part in the Trevor Win'E Memorial Day Challenge. This is a charity that is supported by local Crossfit Affiliates and attempts to raise money to help purchase cooling vest, scarfs, and helmet liners for our soldiers over seas in the Middle East. The workout was a team effort and was very challenging. Many people left with torn up bloody hands but this is nothing compared to what Trevor went through and what many other American soldiers must deal with. The workout was made up of 300 pull ups, 400 push ups, 500 sit ups, and 600 squats. It was quite a challenge but it was for a good cause. What did you do today to support our troops?
For anyone who reads my blog and does not Crossfit let me explain to you a few reason that Crossfit is amazing other than creating the best athletes in the world. Crossfit supports and believes in our troops. They have helped support the Wounded Warriors Foundation through a charity event every September. They help support causes like Trevor Win'e Memorial Day Workout and do all of this not for Crossfit but for our troops. Crossfit has also created a set of workouts called the "Hero WOD's". These have been named for service men and women, law enforcement, and fire fighters who have died in the line of duty. These workouts are unbelievably difficult and push you farther than you ever thought you could. Some people may never be able to do these. Below is a link to an article about the Hero WOD's, what they are, and some of the stories of the individuals that they are named for.
To Honor Our Fallen
Remember who you are and where you live. Remember each day that you live in this great nation which affords you opportunities you have that others in this world may never have.
I love America and will always stand up for her and defend her. I will gladly stand and protect her. I hope that you have that same passion and would be the person to my left and right, never wavering and fearless.
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.
It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.
— General George S. Patton
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