Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cabot Cruisers' Memorial Day Run Tomorrow

It amazes me how many people either forget or just don't know what Memorial Day is really all about. Most recognize it as the unofficial start of summer, a 3-day weekend, a time for backyard barbeques, but many have no idea it's a day set aside to honor our fallen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines. I know this because I ask my students every year if they know what this day really means. Most can't tell me.

I'm not one to play movies in the classroom, but I used to play two a year. One of these was We Were Soldiers, the day before Memorial Day weekend. I'm not allowed to play movies in the classroom anymore, but I didn't mind showing the kids this movie. Though it didn't have anything to do with the math I teach, it taught the kids what our servicemen sacrifice so the rest of us can exercise the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us," -- Hebrews 12:1

Some way, somehow, I strive to find a way to honor the men and women who gave their lives so the rest of us can be free. Two years ago, I saw a post on Facebook that a local running club, the Cabot Country Cruisers, was going to run to the city's Veterans Memorial on this holiday to honor all those fallen vets. That year, 30 - 40 of us made the run. That was the first time I ever ran with the Cruisers, and I'll never forget it.



Last year, we had over 70 participate in the Memorial Day Run (pictured above), and this year, we're doing it again. We'll meet at Southside Elementary in Cabot at 8:00 AM, take a photo, then run/walk/ride to the Veteran's Memorial approximately 3 miles away. It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are, there will be others going at your pace. We'll have participants who are really fast, really slow, and everywhere in between. The leaders will turn back several times so we don't get too stretched out. When we get to the high school, all participants will wait for the rest to catch up and we will cross the street to enter the Memorial as one large group.

Once there, we'll gather at the Memorial for another photo, say a prayer, then break into smaller groups to make our way back to the vehicles. Some will take alternate routes back to add miles, others will go back the way we came. This event is open to anyone and everyone. It's a great way to honor our fallen veterans and remind people what this holiday is all about.

I thank God for the men and women willing to sacrifice everything, even up to and including their own lives so the rest of us can live free and in peace. That's why this weekend, I'll do what little I can to remember them and to honor them. I hope you will join us tomorrow, here or wherever you are, and honor them however you can.


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