|My bricks for Sgt. Enrique Mondragon|
|The back of my tribute shirt.|
|The front of my tribute shirt.|
|Tribute signs for some those lost their lives in the line of duty.|
|I stole this picture from the Dallas Morning News of David's arm.|
|The field of 6000+ flags for each who has passed.|
|This is coming down the path. Going up was KILLER.|
|My "ruck" honoring Sgt. Enrique Mondragon.|
So what did I learn from this?
- I learned again how many great patriots there are out there. Between 1 and 5 AM there were people out there hiking honoring their heroes. It was awesome. Americans are freaking awesome!!
- I think again I learn that while I struggled like no other, I can do hard things especially for other people. Sgt. Mondragon deserves so much more than this but this is what I could do personally and so this is what I did for him. I hope his family knows we have not forgotten about him. They have not been forgotten either.
- I learned that I am still not as mentally tough as I personally want to me. In talking with a friend tonight about this and life he mentioned to me that the middle of a trial is the part that sort of sucks. This was true for this event. Between 1 AM and 5 AM was the hardest. I contemplated quitting more than once but thinking about the sacrifice Enrique made being away from his family to serve our country and then his ultimate physically sacrifice, I kept going.
- I am glad I did this. This wasn't about me. This was about someone else and about their family. If they ever read this, thank you!!!
- Would I do this again? HELL yes. It is the least I can do.
Just as a small side note, I think I burned close to 8,000 calories and a Clifbar tastes pretty awesome when you are hungry enough!!