Memorial Day Workout

I hope you’re enjoying the long weekend and start of Summer!

I wanted to post something today that would acknowledge why we don’t have to work today…Memorial Day is the day to remember those who died while serving in the US Armed Forces.  When I lived in Milwaukee I lived walking-distance from the Wood National Cemetery which contains graves of World War II soldiers.

Each year there is a service honoring Veterans and is a good reminder of giving thanks to those who serve the country.

Catching up on today’s news I came across a New York Times blog that captures readers’ comments on Memorial Day Rituals.  The Memorial Day Murph Workout caught my eye:

“Start day with the Memorial Day Murph workout (in honor of Medal of Honor winner, Lt. Michael Murphy) — 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 situps, 300 squats, finish with another 1 mile run.  Then spend time with my grandpa who was a fighter pilot in Vietnam.

— Pat Moore”

Lt. Michael Murphy was a Navy SEAL and was awarded the Medal of Honor–a brief note on his actions:

“By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit and inspirational devotion to his men in the face of certain death, Lt. Murphy was able to relay the position of his unit, an act that ultimately led to the rescue of Luttrell and the recovery of the remains of the three who were killed in the battle.”  (Source)

So today I’ll give the Memorial Day Murph workout (push-ups instead of pull-ups) a try and when I start to feel worn out or tired, I’ll remember the sacrifice of Lt. Murphy and feel grateful that I can keep going.

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