As we have done these past three years that YHC has been ’round these parts the July 4th edition of The Fighting Yank was made do one thing and that was to observe and honor the public declaration of Independence from the crown by the founding fathers under pain of death from the world’s superpower of the time.To say it was a huge risk is an understatement but no great reward comes without great risk.
That said, these was work to be done before our ceremony yo honor that effort. That went like this:
Mosey to the Field of Dreams:
SSH X 20
Burpees X 2
IW X 20
Burpees X 4
Copperhead Squats X 20
Burpees X 6
Mtn. Climbers X 20
Burpees X 8
LBCs X 20
Burpees X 10
Lap @ the field.
line up for some Tesla approved half pipes! The City of Belmont has made this ideal so time to use the asset as deployed!
Top Of Heartbreak Hill: 5 plank jacks.
Bottom at pad: 5 HR Merkins
Top of bank on Main Street: 5 Monkey Humpers
Repeat 3 X
Take another lap around the Field of Dreams.
Up to the Corner of Knowledge for some bench work:
10X, 15X, 20X
Line up on the walkway:
Broad jump to the middle
Frog hops to the end (these are tough!)
Mike Tysons X 10 in cadence
Big Boy sit ups (double count) x 10
Lt. Dans back to the mid point
Karoke to the end.
Inclined big boy situps
mosey to the field of dreams for a Tesla hallmark now that everyone is gassed!
Bear Crawl slalom time at The Fighting Yank!
This time since we had @ 16 pax we split the group and let Orangeman run the “2s” and YHC ran the “1s”. Everyone got three rolls.
By this time we were running OUT of time so it was by Q’s call time to do 2 more halfpipes to finish the workout up.
7:59. Mosey to the Yank statue and the pledge.
Pledge, names, ceremony.
Our ceremony that has become a Fighting Yank Tradition was the following:
Read the Declaration of Independence aloud at the base of The Fighting Yank Statue. YHC broke the doc into 10 parts and we had 10 readers. My charge was this: Read Loudly! We have nothing to hide here. And in fact, like our forefathers, should be proud to say that we defend the ideas in this document.
Moment of silence following the reading to honor the effort of those who brought it about.
Reverend Sam Warner of First Presbyterian of Belmont gave an invocation that talked about how the ideas in the Declaration should be something we all agree on because it applies to all. And I think we can all agree on that reality. As it ends, the Declaration’s signers, many of whom lost life and fortune in the ensuing war pledged their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor to the ideals in that document and the nation it was birthing. It was not perfect. It still is not perfect. It will never be perfect. But it is as Lincoln said “The last best hope for Mankind” which in a broken world is all we can ask for and gives us something- in fact a lot – to continue to build on.
Special thanks to Iced Tea, Quasimodo, and Radar from Lake Wylie today and Skoal Bandit from Metro (Core) who came over today. You guys mean a lot to me and I appreciate the effort to be here today.