Memorial Day.  A solemn day of remembrance and gratitude for sacrifice beyond measure, a debt that can never be fully repaid.  27 posted at Zero Hour to honor the fallen by doing work side by side.  Here’s what we did:

Warmup:  Mountain Climbers x 20, Plank Jacks x 20, Good Mornings x 15, IW’s x 15.  Take off on the run for a tour around the park and instructions on the ensuing fun.

Return to start and partner up for The Judge-like version of a deconstructed Murph:

  • Run the loop with your partner with the following stops along the way:  1) Standard merkins x 20 each at first speed bump.  2) Standard squats x 30 each at second speed bump.  3) Partner carries:  P1 carries P2 length of the baseball field, then P2 carries P1 for the length of volleyball courts and tennis courts.  4) Derkins x 20 each and prisoner squats x 30 each in back parking lot.  5) Partner pull-ups x 10 each in picnic shelter.
  • Return to start and repeato for a total of 5 loops = 50 pull-ups, 200 merkins, 300 squats and 5 sets of partner carries each.

6 MOM while all pax finish final loop:  LBC’s x 30, Dollies x 20, Murican Hammers x 20, Heels2Heaven x 20, Flutters x 20, Plank set (standard x 10, low hold x 10, standard x 10, left arm high x 10, right arm high x 10, standard x 10)

Take off as a group for one final loop with the following thrown in for good measure:  1) Wide grip merkins x 15 at first speed bump.   2) Sumo squats x 20 at second speed bump.  3) Wheelbarrows for length of baseball field, switching as needed.  4) Return to start and finish with 10 burpees OYO.


The Skin:

  • Good work done by good men today in honor of those who made the greatest sacrifice. Always a moving time to hear pax share the names of friends and family who have made that sacrifice or who have served or continue to serve today.  We are thankful for you all.  #John15:13
  • Tclaps to our men fresh off the D.C. ruck that posted today.  Solid, solid work.
  • Layover reminded us that many of the casualties of war are still with us – veterans who may have survived but are left physically, emotionally and spiritually scarred. Often they suffer in silence, so look for ways to share in their suffering and walk with them in the search for healing.
  • YHC shared a letter from a fellow church member and veteran of WWII and Korea, who reminded our congregation that today is not intended as a day to glorify war but rather to remember its price. His letter relates a story of three ghosts that visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Memorial Day. The ghosts are unknown casualties of past conflicts across the world, and they lament their battles were neither the last to be fought nor the most costly in terms of lives lost.  The inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier reads “Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known only to God”, and the story closes with these words:  “A solemn inscription; a nation’s promise that he who lies here dead shall not have died in vain.  The world has made that promise before; all its unknown dead have died in that faith.  And the promise has died with them.  Will it die again?  We told that boy when he marched away that he was fighting a war to end all wars.  He fell, believing; and we have buried him and carved an inscription over his tomb.  But the real inscription shall not be written on any stone; it will stand in the dictionaries of the future.  Only by writing it thus can the world keep faith with the long sad procession of its unknown whom it has lied to and cheated and fooled.  This will be the inscription:  WAR:  AN ARMED CONFLICT BETWEEN THE NATIONS, NOW OBSOLETE. – UNKNOWN.  Let us remember, on this Memorial Day, to honor the knowns and the unknowns who gave their lives in service to their country and left us a better world.”
  • Bigglesworth closed us out with a strong word, and may we pray the list of those we remember on this day will add its final name soon.

As always, and particularly on this day, an honor to be in your company and to call you friends.  Aye.