Jul 2, 2011

Freedom Isn't Free

First, to everyone, I apologize for not getting this on earlier today.  No excuses.

Here is a simple quote for the week: 

"For those who fight to protect it, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never know"- Anonymous

Over the past few weeks, we've talked about how we can grow our community and help improve the lives of those around us, especially those with whom we serve and we are entrusted to lead.  But, the 4th of July is a great opportunity to ask why we really train as hard as we do. 

Why do we fight for precious seconds to the names of heroes like Murph, Erin, Hansen, Nutts and Luce? For those of us who serve, hard workouts such as the Lumberjack 20 and The CIA Seven represent more than just a way to get fit; they represent fallen comrades from the US military and inter-agencies, as well as our allies, who answered the call when others would not.  For many, doing Medders is not just a workout, its a personal memorial. 

So, why do we really do what we do?  Why do we train as hard as we do?  Is it for fitness' sake or is it to give us and those around us a fighting chance, to live and fight another day, for a nation we have sworn to serve and defend.  More importantly, why do we continue to serve knowing what has been asked of many of us year after year?  These are personal questions, and each has their own answer, but it puts perspective on what the 60 minutes for 5 days a week really means. 

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