THE SCENE: 40s and damp but no rain
F3 WELCOME & DISCLAIMER
79 years ago (12/7/41), Pearl Harbor was bombed. The attack began at 7:55 a.m. and lasted for almost 2 hours.
12 SSH (4 ct)
Mosey to the flag pole
19 American ships were destroyed or damaged.
188 American aircraft were destroyed or damaged.
188 tie fighters (single count)
2,403 American lives were lost – 2,008 from the Navy, 218 from the Army, 109 Marines, and 68 civilians.
2,403 merkins as a group in honor of everyone who died at Pearl Harbor (regular, inclined, declined, hand-release, WWII, etc., or a combination – PAX choice – but try to mix it up). There were 12 PAX, so each PAX did 200 merkins. After the first 100, we all ran a lap around the track. After the next 50, we ran another lap. After the final 50, we ran another lap. We did the last 3 merkins together, in cadence, in the form of WWII merkins. After completing the 2,403 merkins as a group, we ran a fourth lap to complete the mile.
Back at the flag pole, we honored the 15 members of the Navy who received the Medal of Honor for their actions at Pearl Harbor by doing 15 American Hammers (4 ct).
Minute of silence under the flag for everyone who has fought and died for our country followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, which broke out spontaneously from one of the PAX.
We had some extra time and hadn’t done enough merkins, so we cashed out with some ATMs (15 shoulder taps (4 ct), 10 tempo merkins, and 10 merkins (OYO)).
Mosey back to the AO
Hello Dollys x 20 (4 ct)
Flutter Kicks x 20 (4 ct)
Hold plank for about a minute until time
COUNT-OFF & NAME-O-RAMA
12 HIMs, including FNG Floater and last week’s FNG Jetlag whose tag is not in the system.
CIRCLE OF TRUST/BOM:
Our workout lasted 45 minutes. 79 years ago, Pearl Harbor had another hour or so of hell to fight through by the time that we were done. What we did was nothing compared to what the people at Pearl Harbor did and went through.
The USS Arizona still rests under the water at Pearl Harbor. Its fallen crew members still rest there, too. Among them, 23 sets of brothers died on that ship on that day. Former crew members who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor can have their ashes placed under one of the sunken gun turrets. 44 have done so with the last one occurring in 2019. Former crew members from other ships who survived can have their ashes scattered where their ship was located during the attack.
There are lots of interesting stats and facts about Pearl Harbor. Here is one that jumped out to me – after Pearl Harbor, 97% of Americans approved of entering WWII. Sadly, it is hard to think of the last time 97% of Americans agreed on anything.
FDR said that 12/7/41 was a day that would live in infamy, which means being well known for some bad quality or deed. He was right. It was, and it has.
It also led to unity.
Let’s pray for the same bravery and unity that defined the Greatest Generation.
Prayers for unity (hopefully without the infamy). Prayers for everyone struggling with addiction (spoiler alert: we all do over something to some degree) and praises for those who overcome addiction and find better ways and better days. Prayers for Ribbed’s wife. Prayers for Curveball’s wife.
Polar plunge coming soon