Friday, January 9, 2015

A Wise Man Walketh...

Vic Wise

At 7:30 this morning, the young man pictured above, Vic Wise, shall strap a rucksack weighing fifty pounds on his back and go for a walk.  Freedom Ruck 2015 is a walk of one hundred and five miles that shall begin at the Virginia War Memorial in Chesterfield, Virginia and end at Arlington National Cemetery.   

Vic Wise intends to replicate - actually to improve upon - his Herculean effort of January, 2014 when, in slightly less than forty-eight hours, he walked one hundred miles with his 50-pound ruck on his back in conditions that could charitably be described as horrendous.  

The undertaking last January was physically taxing enough that Vic Wise estimate that he lost twelve pounds while on his trek through Virginia.  The cause for which he does it is of sufficient importance to him that he is strapping the ruck on once again.  He walks to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by U.S. Navy SEALs and to raise money to help provide much-needed financial support to their families.  His maiden voyage last January raised more than $3,000 for the Navy SEAL Foundation

May those who control such things as the weather provide this young man with less-horrific conditions in which to complete his mission this weekend than they did last January.  And may this nation always be fortunate enough to count among its number those, such as Vic Wise, willing to do something that may be difficult for them simply so that others may rest a bit more easily.  


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