- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Remembering Our Soldiers
Today is Memorial Day, and I wanted to take a moment to remember why we have this holiday. Unless you have watched the news today, you may have forgotten about the real purpose of this day. It is about remembering our soldiers that died for this country. Men and women who lost their lives for our freedom.
Many of us think of this holiday weekend as a time to barbecue, hang out at the beach, or have a family pic-nic. It is all of those things, but we should also take a moment and think about its true meaning.
50,000 Americans died in WWI, with twenty million soldiers and civilians dieing world wide. 406,000 Americans died in WWII, with approximately 50 to 70 million people who died world wide.
Approximately 34,000 Americans died in the Korean war. It is estimated that 10 million people died world wide from this war.
58,000 soldiers died in the Vietnam war. Over 1 million people died all together. These stats are just too mind boggling for me to comprehend.
Whether or not you believe that we should go to war or not, these soldiers died while protecting the freedom of others. Please take a moment and think about all of these lives lost. It is humbling and so sad that our world can never find peace.
It would be a good idea to do a meditation for all of these souls who lost their lives.. There are many hero's and selfless people here to give a moment to. I hope you can find that moment, and be grateful for these brave men and women who gave their lives so others can live free.