I have a hard time wishing people a “Happy” Memorial Day, so let me simply wish you a wonderful day with your friends and family. Please take a moment to reflect on all of those that came before us who gave of themselves to provide us this wonderful nation and lifestyle that we enjoy – and at times, take for granted. Those are debts that we can never repay.
With this in mind, I want to bring you up to date on something that I have been working on over the past month. A friend of mine (a former Marine) has asked me if I would join him in this years’ “Tough Mudder” competition. For those of you unfamiliar with the competition, the organization describes themselves as follows:
Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. It’s Ironman meets Burning Man, and it is coming to a location near you. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Forget finish times. Simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor. Tough Mudder has raised over one million dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The last part is what I want to bring your attention to today. In order to participate in the Tough Mudder, you have to pay an entry fee, of which, a portion goes to the Wounded Warrior Project. I am not seeking donations from you to pay for my entry into this event, but I would like you to consider making a donation to the Wounded Warrior Project directly. These brave men and women who serve to protect us need our help. Consider it a down-payment of the debt we owe to them.
Now, for some reflections on Memorial Day from around the internet:
“Forgotten on Memorial Day” by Connecting.the.Dots
“Memorial Day 2011” by Questions and Observations
“Calvin Coolidge’s 1923 Memorial Day Thoughts” by Capitol Commentary
“Has Memorial Day holiday become more about the burgers than the soldiers?” by Chicago Argus