Memorial Day

  • By:Kyle Hankins
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You know, I am a fan of Memorial Day. So many good things happen over this weekend. Here is how mine usually goes.

I officially start Memorial Day weekend on Friday. My wife and I get up way too early to do “Murph“.  If you are not into Crossfit or don’t know what Murph is, it is a memorial workout in the name of LT. Michael P. Murphy. From Wikipedia “Michael Patrick “Murph” Murphy (May 7, 1976 – June 28, 2005) was a United States Navy SEAL officer who was awarded the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during the War in Afghanistan. He was the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the award since the Vietnam War. His other posthumous awards include the Silver Star Medal (which was later upgraded to the Medal of Honor) and the Purple Heart.”

The workout was one of LT. Murphy’s favorites, and it is:

1 Mile Run
100 Pull Ups
100 Push Ups
100 Squats
1 Mile Run

Oh, and you do it all while wearing a 20-lb weight vest. It is hard. It is also an honor and a privilege to pay respect to LT. Murphy.

Once the workout is over, and I can walk again, it’s off to work I go.. till about 11:30 a.m. If you are familiar with Indianapolis, you know that one of the best days of the year is the Friday of Memorial Day weekend, because Friday, is Carb Day! Carb day is the Friday before the Indianapolis 500, and the Speedway turns into a massive all day party. Here is this year’s schedule:

Miller Lite Carb Day Schedule:

  • Fri, May 26 – Miller Lite Carb Day
    • 11am – 12pm – Final Indy 500 Practice
    • 12:30pm – Indy Lights Race – Freedom 100
    • 2:00pm – TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge
    • 3:30pm – Miller Lite Carb Day Concert feat. the Steve Miller Band and the Barenaked Ladies

And the speedway allows you to bring in your own cooler. It is pretty fantastic. Oh, and PLEASE PLEASE use a designated driver or Uber home. This weekend is huge for checkpoints and OWI’s.

Saturday we try and recuperate from Carb day, and then around 4 p.m. Uber back downtown to partake in pre-race festivities. Again, Uber is your friend here.

Sunday is the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, and the day starts at the break of dawn. We head into the speedway with coolers packed for an epic endurance event. This day is always exciting because we live in Indiana, and the weather is never predictable. I have seen 110 degrees at the track, and I have seen 67 degrees and raining. So we pack for both. We find our seats for the first 20 laps, and then head on out to turn 3 for some yard games, and to witness vast amounts of irresponsible drinking. Oh, there is also an EDM concert during the race, so if that is your thing go for it.

When the race is over we begin what seems like the longest journey in history to get home. What seems like days later we hit the couch and try to rest and rehydrate.

Memorial Day. Friends and family BBQ day. When I wake up on Memorial day I like to take some time to remember and in some way thank our nation’s fallen servicemen and women. You can always argue that the battles we fight as a nation are not always for the right reasons, but you cannot doubt that the men and women that are fighting those battles are doing it selflessly and with great sacrifice.

The rest of the day is spent bouncing from one family or friend get together to another. It is exhusting, but it is one of my favorite times of year.

Happy Memorial Day!


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