I think I fell asleep before I hit post on this…so posting now from last night!
Evening all. The teams are still marching strong. They will march through the night as this is a 24-7 march. The men we lost didn’t quit or give up and neither will these guys. The climate can get a little rough if you can imagine carrying 50-lb ruck sacks and wearing military uniforms and boots. But they didn’t get where they are by quitting when the going gets tough. In fact, I think that simply motivates them more. They are driven by their memories of their comrades who lost their lives and by the families they left behind.
And just as these men are marching their hearts out determined to not give up, our support staff who is with them every step of the way ensures that the teams don’t have to. From medics to supply to logistical support, they keep things moving smoothly. I was watching the supply folks today, who follow the teams with trucks full of water, gatorade and medical supplies, and they were doing a great job running back and forth to ensure the teams had water and cold towels for the back of their necks…not to mention sunblock. It’s a bit hot and sunny here in Texas this week and after about 24 miles of open skies with no shade, the teams were feeling it! And then I think of the blisters I get just from running a few miles. The blisters after walking 12+ miles in boots with a 50-lb weight on my back, pretty nasty critters!
So, think about these guys walking the lonely streets tonight in Texas. Think about the men they are honoring and remember their sacrifice, their ultimate sacrifice.