The name comes from a tattoo: a couple of the Marines with whom Brad McKee served had a black-and-white American flag inked on their chests. The tattoos were accompanied by the words “disposable hero.”
“It didn’t matter how many people back in the States ever forgot about what they did or what they were doing at the time,” McKee explains. “They were willing to become disposable, if that’s what it took, in the name of freedom, and give their lives, if that’s what it took, for their cause.”
McKee, along with two wounded veterans, two Hero WOD families, Navy SEALs and a full Marine Corps Color Guard, were present at the Disposable Heroes WOD event on Jan. 21 at CrossFit By Overload in Murrieta, Calif.
Wounded veteran Aaron Mankin travels across the country, recounting his story.
“I feel like it’s important for all of us to know what others go through so that we can have those blessings, so that we can just live our lives and be blessed,” he says. “As you sweat here today, I’d only have you ask yourself if you’re willing and able, what will you do?”
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Additional reading: Fallen but Never Forgotten by Russell Berger, published May 30, 2010.