I know many get lost in the three-day weekend with BBQ’s, sales, friend and family gatherings, but Memorial Day is not a picnic to those who truly know the meaning behind it. Don’t get me wrong, I do take part in the three-day weekend festivities, but only after I reflect on those lives lost that fought for my country’s freedom. I pray for those families and friends of those fallen soldiers and admire them for their bravery and strength.
I often think back when I visited Normandy, France. Looking over Omaha Beach, so quiet and serene in 2009 and shuttering when I imagine what took place on that same beach decades ago. Getting to the apex of the hill leading to Point du Hoc and having my breath literally taken away when I saw the grassy landscape. Decades later and the land was still nothing but craters from bombings and old German gun batteries and bunkers. I will never forget looking on millions of white crosses. Crosses where fallen soldiers lie who fought for freedom so selflessly.
From centuries, to decades, to years ago, soldiers have fallen and I am grateful for ways in which we can honor those soldiers. As a tribute, many crossfit affiliates and gyms across the nation take part in a WOD named “Murph,” workout honoring Lt. Michael Murphy. Murphy originally named this workout “body armor” as it should be completed with body armor or a weighted vest.
I was able to take part in Murph this year with a great box that has adopted me into their fam while I visit home here in Houston for a few weeks. Before getting down to business, we were reminded that this workout was in honor of someone’s child, and we all prayed together.
Then the workout began…
♦ 1 mile run
♦ 100 pull-ups
♦ 200 push ups
♦ 300 air squats
♦ 1 mile run
It was a great workout and I look forward to partake in the tradition next year as well. I love that Crossfit has “Hero WODs.” It just adds to the community that is Crossfit.
How did you remember those fallen this Memorial day?