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What Your Freedom Means

Freedom

General John A. Logdan
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Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order Number 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 (P.L. 90 – 363) to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays), though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19 in Texas, April 26 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10 in South Carolina; and June 3 (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

In 1915, inspired by the poem, “In Flander’s Fields,” Moina Michael replied with her own poem:

We cherish too, the Poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies.

She then conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial day in honor of those who died serving the nation during war. She was the first to wear one, and sold poppies to her friends and co-workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need. Later a Madam Guerin from France was visiting the United States and learned of this new custom started by Ms.Michael and when she returned to France, made artificial red poppies to raise money for war orphaned children and widowed women. This tradition spread to other countries. In 1921, the Franco-American Children’s League sold poppies nationally to benefit war orphans of France and Belgium. The League disbanded a year later and Madam Guerin approached the VFW for help. Shortly before Memorial Day in 1922 the VFW became the first veterans’ organization to nationally sell poppies. Two years later their Buddy Poppy Program was selling artificial poppies made by disabled veterans. In 1948, the US Post Office honored Ms Michael for her role in founding the National Poppy movement by issuing a red 3 cent postage stamp with her likeness on it.

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

There are a few notable exceptions. Since the late 50’s on the Thursday before Memorial Day, the 1,200 soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry place small American flags at each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the weekend to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of St. Louis began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good Turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, on the Saturday before the observed day for Memorial Day, the Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts place a candle at each of approximately 15,300 grave sites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park on Marye’s Heights. And in 2004, Washington D.C. held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.

To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial Day, the “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to”taps.”

We will never forget. We will honor our grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, wives, brothers and sisters that have given their lives for our freedom. Thank you for your sacrifice, today, we honor you.

Memorial Day 2011

It’s starting to warm up and people are beginning to plan their summer vacations and thinking about the fun times they will be having. But before all of that, we must take the time to remember those who have given their lives so that we are able to enjoy our freedom. Lt. Michael P. Murphy, was one of those people, he was killed in action while in Afghanistan in 2005. If you don’t know the story of “Murph” click the link on his name and read it. This workout was Murphy’s favorite and this is why we will do it today. Remember what this day means when you walk out the door today, whether you have the day off or have to work, remember why it is you have your freedom. Another good read; Six Seconds to Live.

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WOD: Memorial Day Murph

This workout will be scaled for everyone that requires scaling.

  • 1 mile run
    • 100 pullups
    • 200 pushups
    • 300 squats
  • 1 mile run

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Memorial Day

Today was a slow day at FOCF, but thank you to those who made the trip here today. It was a tough one for sure as all Hero WODs are. We can never thank our service men and women enough for everything the do and give to all of us that makes our lives what they are today. So for Memorial Day we honor one of our fallen CrossFitters with a memorial WOD. Today’s WOD was Daniel. Dedicated to Army Sgt 1st Class Daniel Crabtree who was killed in Al Kut, Iraq on Thursday June 8th 2006. When you do one of these WOD there is no complaining, no whining and definitely no quitting.  Thanks again for the dedication and the selflessness that you give everyday that make America great! Every day this week we will be doing a Hero WOD, so don’t worry you wont miss the easy workouts this week…..3-2-1 GO!

WOD For TIME:

  • 50 Pull-ups
  • 400 meter run
  • Thruster 21 reps
  • 800 meter run
  • Thruster, 21 reps
  • 400 meter run
  • 50 Pull-ups
    • Level III: 95/75
    • Level II: 65/45
    • Level I: 45/35
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