Veterans Day 2012 – Show Your Honor

Workout of the Day for Monday November 12, 2012*

For time:
30 Clean and jerk, 135/95 pounds
Run 1 mile
10 Rope climb
Run 1 mile
100 Burpees

WOD Demo with CrossFit Boston – video [wmv] [mov] [HD mov]

*Because many people have Veterans Day off, CrossFit Roseville will only have 3 scheduled classes at 8 AM, 9 AM, and 4 PM. However, if you do not have Veterans Day off of work, and you were planning on working out at a different time, email me and we may be able to open up a few more class times so you can workout.*

CrossFit Roseville will be marking Veterans Day 2012 by completing the hero wod known as “Glen” on Monday and by buying each of our veterans the shirt pictured above. So I am going to need your shirt sizes ASAP so I can get these ordered by Tuesday. Please email me your shirt size (unisex) right away.

Be on the lookout for members wearing these shirts. It’s a small way that CrossFit Roseville wants to show honor to all US Veterans.

Thank a veteran, honor a veteran.
~Justin Arnest

On this Veterans Day, 2012, honor a veteran by doing the following: 1) look them in the eye, 2) shake their hand, and 3) say, “Thank you!”

Don’t let this day go by without honoring a veteran by saying, “Thank you,” to at least one. But it would be better if you could say it to every veteran you see today.

If you can’t do this (look a veteran in the eye, shake their hand, and say “Thank you!”) then why are you in America? Because if you won’t thank a fellow American for the faithful execution of their duty to the American Armed Forces, then you aren’t showing honor to your fellow Americans. And if you can’t honor your fellow Americans, that means you probably don’t support America. If you don’t support America,….you should leave (edited version).

There is a time and place to discuss, debate, and choose policy. The halls of Congress is that place, not the space between Americans where we live our daily lives.

If you withhold honor due to a veteran because of your disagreement with a policy, you are blaming them for something that was likely out of their control. The job of a soldier is to serve dutifully and faithfully. When they do that, they deserve honor and respect. If you disagree with a policy, your problem is with the the policy maker(s), not with the man or woman who does their job.

Give honor where honor is due.

Brief History of Veterans Day

In 1945, WWII veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama, had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I. Weeks led a delegation to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower, who supported the idea of National Veterans Day. Weeks led the first national celebration in 1947 in Alabama and annually until his death in 1985. President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 as the driving force for the national holiday. Elizabeth Dole, who prepared the briefing for President Reagan, determined Weeks as the “Father of Veterans Day.”

U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.

Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

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