"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived”
A couple years back 4 veterans got together, all impacted differently but in the same way from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We had seen our friends killed in front of us and our bodies bruised and broken. All of us climbing to chase away our past, but also climbing for our past. Then we decided why don't we change the way we climb. So we set out on a mission. We want to inspire a dismissal of the current norm for the last Monday in May, and an embrace in a dutiful remembrance of our loved ones. The day is about honoring their sacrifice, by decoration of monuments and graves, or by form of pushing ourselves to exhaustion and fulfillment while we carry names of the fallen. MMD does this because we made it back, and we have to live, and simply for the reason that we’re living for a lot more people than ourselves. So for vets, our goal is to inspire them to get out, push yourself, live for the ones that we left behind. To non-vets we ask that you don’t be satisfied on Memorial Day because you thanked a vet for their service. The day isn’t about living service members, and that doesn’t cut it. Please find a way to make the day bigger than yourself.
We recreated the Bataan Death March in the Philippines. Marching the 66 miles that the 76,000 prisoners of war had to endure under extreme conditions 75 years ago. We ate half military rations, drank limited amounts of water, and slept on the ground. The march ended on Memorial Day, to pay tribute to the thousands of soldiers that lost their lives in WWII.
We are trying to bring back the true meaning. We carried the names of our fallen comrades on the American flags that have been submitted to us by their family members. Each name is special to us, and their stories resonate.
What We've Achieved
- In 2015 we climbed with 4 flags with over 400 names of fallen comrades to 18000' on Denali.
- Receive national coverage of our climb in 2015 on CNN
- In 2016 we returned to Denali, successfully summiting with the names of over 500 fallen comrades.
- Was followed by several news outlets for our 2015, 2016, and 2017 climbs, for more info follow this link
- In 2016 MMD had Ambassadors climb 5 different peaks around the US for Memorial Day
- MMD has received support from WWII family members, Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Succesfully Marched the Bataan Death March in tribute of the 76,000 POW from WWII