27 May Memorial Day 2014
We had close to 50 folks come in and participate in “Murph”. It was incredible to see so many people pay respects in their own way. We start Murph with a reading of the Medal of Honor citation for LT Michael Murphy, then play taps before we start the first mile run. The route we take goes straight to the Scioto County KIA/MIA memorial, where each person chooses a name from the wall and the workout is done in their honor.
Upon returning they start hacking away at the 100 pullups, 200 pushups, and 300 squats..
Then as they are finishing the last run. They grab a rose and lay it at the Memorial for the individual they selected.
We thank each and every person who participated over the weekend. I’d like to thank one special individual in particular. As I waited at the Memorial for the folks to run by I met an older gentleman named Steven. He was an original snake eater, a 5th SFG (A) soldier who served in Vietnam. Born and raised in Portsmouth, he went onto to become a Special Forces soldier who spent a tour in Vietnam (67). He walked to the memorial with his Green Beret tucked into his belt. He went to say hello and honor old friends. As we spoke he showed me his scars in his knee, he was shot several times in his leg. As he recovered in Japan he told the Doc he was going back to his team no matter what. He did exactly that. Unfortunately once he returned to his team he caught shrapnel from a mortar round and ripped open his arm, forcing him to return to the States against his will. He lives in Michigan but every year makes the trip to Portsmouth to pay respect to his old friends and brothers. Thank God for him and men like him who keep and honor the memories of their brothers. WE WILL NEVER FORGET