Make It Happen Monday – How I’m Celebrating Memorial Day


Today is Memorial Day here in the United States. Every year we observe this holiday to remember and thank our military service members, particularly the fallen, who have allowed us to have the greatest country in the world. It’s through their service and sacrifice that we enjoy the freedoms that most of us take for granted, let alone the ones that we recognize.

Memorial Day has also come to encompass remembering all of our loved ones who’ve passed, regardless of military service. In my mind, this is also important. I’m not one to live in the past anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve turned my back on those who’re no longer with me. I love and miss all of you.

Now, since it’s the kick-off of summer, it’s become popular to spend Memorial Day having a barbeque, drinking beers, and having a blast. That’s fantastic. I’m very sure that most of those who the day is dedicated to would love to join you or at the very least are glad that the freedoms they fought for let you do it.

But don’t forget them, either. This isn’t just a day to party.

How you pay homage is up to you, as far as I’m concerned. You can thank a veteran, give a little silent prayer, attend a parade, or any other perfectly great thing. That’s personal.

But here’s what I’m going to do, and what I propose:

I’m going to do something to exercise the freedoms given to me in order to improve myself, and I’m going to do something to help someone else.

Though I don’t have access to the heads of our Founding Fathers, I’m very sure that one of the basic founding ideals of the United States is that our citizens are encouraged to improve ourselves and each other. I can think of no greater tribute to then to live the life that others sacrificed to give me and to thank them for it.

Bring on the hill sprints.

What are you doing this Memorial Day? Comment below!

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May 28, 2012

Joy @ 5:47 pm #

Not a day off from serving others, Coach Issac-from a 5:30am Tactical Training/ Remembrance run with a full ruck and combat boots over the bridge, down to the beach in hot, humid, buggy weather with 5 other fighters, also fellow Marines, to helping a friend of mine at his Boxing/ MMA gym with new students, AC broke down, so we took the training/ fighting outdoors and found other fun stuff to do ( tire pulls, cinder block training, pushing his truck around the building). I know you share the same feeling about honoring those who’ve served/are still serving, as well as giving to others yourself by your coaching.

Isaac @ 5:56 pm #


GREAT to have you here.

Girl, you’re an inspiration for far more than just your training. Thank you for your service and your continued service to all that are lucky enough to work with you.

Now I’ll have to work extra hard on my hill sprints so my fat ass measures up!


May 29, 2012

Joy @ 12:51 am #

Issac, you don’t have any fat on you- it’s all muscle and strength-I have to push a hell of a lot harder to keep up with all of you very strong guys in the Underground Circle

Isaac @ 4:05 pm #

Ha! Well, I’m a little smoother than I should be, but that’s coming down as I’m prepping for some adventure races this summer to go with an (unpicked) strongman contest.

You push just fine, girl! We all have to keep up with you after the first set. To put it in your language, I’m much more a fan of the big overhand right than 12 rounds of exchanging jabs!

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