Who kept the faith and fought the fight; Their glory theirs, the duty ours. –Wallace Bruce
If you’ve experienced an O2X Summit Challenge, you have most likely met the O2X founders – either around the bonfire at BaseCamp, at the start line while singing the national anthem, or at the summit when you’re high-fived and handed a finisher medal. What you most likely would not know from these simple interactions on the mountain is that among them, there is a combined thirty-two years in the Navy SEAL teams and sixteen combat deployments. For over a decade, they volunteered to put themselves in harm’s way, taking the fight to the enemy.
Despite having sacrificed precious time in the prime of their lives to live at a remote base halfway around the world, our SEALs are some of the lucky ones. Since 2001, seventy-eight SEALs have died from injuries sustained at war or in training. These are men who, like you and I, had family and friends that knew and loved them. These seventy-eight men answered a call to defend those family and friends and paid the ultimate sacrifice for it.
While Memorial Day typically marks the beginning of the summer vacation season, it is something truly greater than that. Although we can never thank them enough, Memorial Day is a day to commemorate those who have paid the ultimate price and to honor their death by acknowledging, appreciating, and enjoying the freedoms that they have earned. This weekend, be thankful for those men and women of the armed forces that have died at war since 1776. And at some point, whether at a barbecue with family or while out with friends – toast to the lost, and raise your glass to our fallen.
To them, we thank you.