This blog started as an idea from a design project in grad school to “Reimagine” how we share the Wounded Warrior experience with American society. I was wounded in Iraq in 2004, suffering a severe internal injury. Now I TICK WHEN I RUN. You will read stories on how endurance sports have helped me CRUSH adversity, conquering my injuries both mentally and physically. Physical fitness, especially endurance sports, changes lives for the better. FIRED UP!
Monday, May 27, 2013
Remembering Those Who Have Made The Ultimate Sacrifice- The Purpose of Memorial Day
"They died, unquestioning, uncomplaining, with faith
in their hearts and on their lips the hope that we would go on to victory"
- General Douglas MacArthur
The purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the warriors
who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation. A great way to learn
about men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice is by getting to know
Veterans. Veterans and their family members know that in a moment duty can become sacrifice and many
have stories to share. Through their stories community member can learn about
those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this country. Someone might ask
how do I get to know veterans?
One approach is through physical fitness events at
community level. Physical fitness activities have a social aspect as well as the obvious health benefits. Think of a 5K or any other event.
Community members gather and after the event, people socialize, and build
relationships. Same for a workout groups, whether it be walking, running,
functional fitness, etc... People who have a shared experience together like
physical fitness form and build relationships. Through these relationships
people get to know each other and about each others experiences. When community
members interact with Veterans they will learn about those who have made the
ultimate sacrifice serving this country.
For example, Team RWB chapters run "WOD for Warriors" on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. I did the workout with a group of friends . All were active duty members,family members or Veterans and knew of others who have been killed in action fighting for this country. We held a moment of silence before the workout to reflect on who we were doing the work out for.
Team RWB-West Point at WOD for Warriors
RWBer's doing the "21 Guns" WOD for Warriors workout
I am remembering (Follow link to view Faces of the Fallen page):