A Memorial Day observance consisting of an intense endurance and fitness test was held in honor of a fallen Navy SEAL.
Lt. Murphy, who graduated from Penn State, exposed himself to open fire in order to make a call for help, saving the life of a fellow SEAL.
All the proceeds for the event will be donated to Wounded Warriors.
In an interview with 6News, Bryan St. Andrews, owner of CrossFit Nittany, shared that Murphy and many other Navy SEALs are very much involved in the fitness movement: “They’re running one mile for time, and when they get back, they are doing 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and then running another mile… People give a little bit extra effort. (The hero workouts) were all named after fallen soldiers, so, it gives you a little extra drive and remember what Memorial Day is really about.”
Retired Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Anthony Dinallo, on the other hand, expressed that it was reassuring to see civilians honoring and helping Veterans: “People hang flags, they love our country, but this is a good way to put ourselves through some pain and kind of relate in a really small way to what some of our troops go through each and every day… As a former marine, I feel really passionate about it, and I always want to keep it in the forefront of my mind — not forget all the pain that they go through and all the pain that we went through as a country throughout the last several years.”