Cobains for the tardy backblast. We had 15 PAX at a Memorial Day Monday at OldTown for a hero workout in honor of my friend and classmate Capt. Mark “Pitbull” McDowell. Here’s what we did.
- Run 1 Mile from OldTown to Glencairn Veterans Garden
- 5 Minute Plank to honor the 5 service branches of the US Armed Forces
- 200 Calf Raises
- 300 LBCs
- Run 1 Mile from Glencairn Veterans Garden to City Hall
- 100 Muscle-ups
- 200 Merkins
- 300 Squats
- Return to COT
We are a blessed people because valiant men and women sacrificed their lives for our freedoms. Memorial Day is set apart to honor those who gave all to protect our way of life. Monday we honored my friend Mark. Mark was a 4.25 GPA student, captain of the soccer team, and an all-around great young man. He was the guy you wanted to hate because he was good at everything. But once you got to know him, you learned that he was the type of guy you strived to be. When he graduated high school, he attended the Air Force Academy. Upon graduation in 2005, he completed Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, and Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Captain McDowell completed the Basic Qualification Course – F-15E in May of 2008 and was assigned to the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.
Mark’s plane went down in Afghanistan. He left behind a wife, loving family, and many friends. As his grandfather said at his service, “He was born to fly and he died doing what he loved.”
So as we progress through this week, let’s remember the men and women who died so we may live. Let’s remember the sacrifices they made so we can enjoy the freedoms we have today. All gave some; some gave all.