Saturday, January 11, 2014

A Wise Man Cometh....

Without heroes we are all plain people
and don't know how far we can go.
-Bernard Malamud

Have anything on tap this weekend?  Perhaps - unlike Yours truly - you have a rooting interest in the NFL playoffs and have planned the next 48 hours around whichever four-hour window shall be devoted to watching your favorite team's game.  Perhaps you are a skier and are set to spend today and/or tomorrow schussing the time away.  Perhaps you are like any number of us and will spend at least a portion of your "weekend" at work. 

I am willing to wager that neither you nor I shall spend this weekend in the same way as a young man named Vic Wise shall spend his.  Do not believe me?  Perhaps after reading his plan you will have a change of heart:

Vic Wise, a Virginia native and proud son of a retired First Sergeant and Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, has always been moved by the selflessness of the U.S. Navy SEALs. In an effort to express his gratitude for their service he decided to create FreedomRuck, a physical challenge he hopes will help raise awareness about the Navy SEAL Foundation

On Friday, January 10 at 7:30am, Vic will begin a 100 mile walk along U.S. Rt. 1, beginning at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, VA and ending at Arlington National Cemetery. His challenge is to complete the 100 miles in less than 48 hours.

The U.S. Navy SEALs' ethos reads “I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions.” FreedomRuck aims to create an awareness, among the general public, about the sacrifices of the SEALs and the needs of their families. FreedomRuck encourages others to stand behind the SEALs and show support for America’s elite warriors and their families.

Vic hopes this undertaking will rally the public to support these brave men who have proven to us time and time again that “no matter what, they are never out of the fight.”

What is left unsaid on his web site is that he is not simply walking 100 miles on a weekend in the middle of January in a quest to complete his journey in less than forty-eight hours.  He is walking 100 miles on a winter weekend while wearing a 50-pound rucksack on his back.  I went to law school to flee the anxiety caused by hard math but even I can calculate that  100 miles x 50 pounds = One Hell of a Tough Undertaking.  I get the sense however that he is up to the challenge and shall do nothing less than his level best to achieve his goal.  Spend two minutes and fourteen seconds with him and see if you do not feel the same way:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_o0TJ3u2hU.

Inasmuch as the purpose of this endeavor is to raise support - both emotional and financial - for the Seals and their families - should you be inclined to do so you can make a monetary donation to his cause.  The information for doing so is set forth on the web site as are links to a number of social networking sites through which you can keep an eye on this young man's progress.  

Emerson wrote, "So nigh is grandeur to our dust, so near to God is Man, when Duty whispers low 'Thou must', the Youth replies 'I can'."  Uncanny is it not how one person - although he never met the other person - could describe him with such precision....


-AK
      

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