Memorial Day is near and dear to my heart. I read a statistic that 1/3 of all Americans don’t know that Memorial Day is the day we stop to remember those who gave their lives in the line of duty. Every year I make of point of sharing on social media and word of mouth the true meaning of this holiday to make that 1/3 a little smaller. It’s important to me that Americans remember those brave men and women who died for our country so they didn’t die in vain. Today at 3:00 pm is the National Moment of Remembrance – 1 minute of silence, if you choose to participate.
5 PAX came out to The Nest to hear a few facts on Memorial Day and complete a sweaty and rainy ladder circuit. In honor of the date today, 05/28, we warmed up with 5 exercises 28 reps of each.
Warm-Up: 28 high knees, 28 butt kickers, 28 arm circles (14 front and 14 back), 28 bear hugs, and 28 jumping jacks
After each circuit round we did a 1 minute wall sit variation:
At the end of our time we stopped for a 1 minute plank moment of silence in honor of those who fought and died for us.
In lieu of a devotion I chose a poem:
THOSE HONORED DEAD
By: Marion G. Mahoney
“Why do you fly the flag today?”
My grandson wants to know.
I fly it for the graveyards
Where the countless crosses grow.
I fly the flag for children
Whose fathers are a name.
A half-remembered memory
of a face within a frame.
I fly it for the families
of sons and daughters lost.
They know the price of liberty
How terrible the cost!
I fly the flag for veterans
Who lost their youth in blood.
And saw their comrades slaughtered
In the carnage and the mud.
I fly it for the ones who marched
In cadence off to war
To close their eyes forever
Upon some foreign shore.
I fly the flag for grief poured out
Upon a granite wall.
The laying-on of hands that heals
The scars within us all.
I fly it for the sound of Taps—
That melancholy tune
That lays to rest those honored dead
Who always die too soon.