Gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery.

Arlington National Cemetery

For many Americans Memorial Day is just an informal start to the summer season. It is an opportunity to take the day off of work and have a barbecue with friends and family. We appreciate our American traditions and are grateful for a day of relaxation and reflection. For Marines, there is no confusion about the purpose of Memorial Day. We observe Memorial Day to remember our dead. To honor their memory.

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Our Renewed Mission Statement

“The 03XX Foundation’s purpose is to keep the eternal promise of Fidelity to our brothers in the infantry, to our Corps and to our country; by strengthening the bonds of friendship and camaraderie; by honoring our history, traditions and worthy dead; and materially and spiritually assisting our brothers in arms and their families.”

The Iwo Jima Memorial at the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The Iwo Jima Memorial at the U.S. Marine War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Trans Pecos Ultra Marathon

I’ve read about the ultra marathon community and watched a documentary on the annual Badwater 135 run in Death Valley. The sheer gnarliness of what was happening on TV made my knees ache and my back start to spasm. Not to mention a slight pucker factor watching these seemingly super human individuals push themselves beyond the normal boundaries of the human body.

Some people thrive on this torture. My former squad mate from 2/2, Thomas Karlick, found solace in running while trying to battle his own post-combat demons. After a second tour to Iraq, he had a tough time transitioning out of the Marines; ultra marathon running became his way to focus on something other than the past and to continue a mission. After his 170 mile self-supported ultra marathon race for the Travis Manion Foundation in 2015, I was intrigued at the preparation taken to run these races. We talked about teaming up for an ultra marathon on behalf of the 03XX Foundation which I happened to know very well.

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