I think Memorial Day is important. I also think it’s important for us as a nation to figure out how to embrace our troops with politics aside. Growing up in Santa Monica, I was like many kids. I was infatuated with guns, good guys & bad guys, and the action of military comand. Many games with neighborhood boys were even militaristic in nature. My call sign was always Viper.
Then, of course, I grew up and didn’t continue playing with toy guns and such. It wasn’t until baseball took me around the country to smaller towns that I regained a connection with our military. Quite honestly, I think we can get quite dissociated with those in military service and even, at times, the patriotism that comes with it living in our paradise.
Surely, you need not support the idea of war or embrace a “Rah-rah” attitude about America, but I think we all can use this day to take a moment and recognize that there are men and women in uniform all over the world that aren’t playing with toy guns and fake call signs. They are in a fight with real consequences. This fight is to protect our freedoms.
Today, I’d like a moment to salute the men and women that have served this country in our armed forces. My heart skips a beat for those that never made it home and for those that will play the ultimate sacrifice in the future.
In honor of Memorial Day, we will be doing “Manion” as our workout of the day. “Manion” is a CrossFit Hero workout named after “First Lieutenant Travis Manion, 26, of Doylestown, PA, assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, based in Camp Pendleton, CA. He was killed by sniper fire on April 29, 2007 while fighting against an enemy ambush in Anbar Province, Iraq.
He is survived by his father, Colonel Tom Manion, mother Janet Manion, and sister Ryan Borek.” (CrossFit, Inc)
Seven rounds for time of:
Run 400 meters
135 pound Back squat, 29 reps