By Martin Henderson
The Marines are looking for a few good men. Come Sunday, you
can prove you have the mettle to walk with America’s fighting force without a
The CrossFit Challenge is one of many activities taking
place during Rancho Santa Margarita’s revamped red, white and blue Patriot
Attendees are requested to wear their American colors to the free event from 2-8 p.m. at Central Park.
Over the past three years, static displays of military
equipment—allowing kids to hold rifles and climb aboard military vehicles—and
have been part of the program, but it has mostly been a short, reverent affair that
was modestly attended.
This year, the city is celebrating Patriot Day in a much bigger way. The reverent remembrance of military veterans and those lost in the wake of 9/11 such as Lisa Frost, Cpl. Jordan Stanton and Gunnery Sgt. Stephen Bryson will remain with the help of local scouts. And the Marines are still bringing their equipment.
But the program Sunday evening now includes winning essays read by their student authors, an upbeat musical concert—similar to summer concerts in the park.
And of course, the Marines are ready
to go head-to-head with anyone who wants to take them on in the CrossFit
The latter is at 3:30 p.m., and anyone participating must
pre-register for the obstacle course to test mobility and stamina. Residents
are encouraged to compete against the Marines as well as friends and neighbors.
For more information, contact Community Services at 949-216-9700 ext. 1256, or visit the City website or Facebook page.
More than 125 members of the city’s adopted 2nd Battalion
5th Marine Regiment from Camp Pendleton will be on hand to explain equipment
and life in the military, and it’s a can’t miss photo opportunity for anyone
The day begins at 2 p.m., with access to the military
vehicles and displays.
The Patriot Day ceremony begins at 5 p.m., and precedes a
concert by the band The Others, which will perform a lively mix of songs such
as Surfing USA, American Girl, Free Bird and Born in the USA.
Food trucks will also be on hand.
Patriot Day which was created to remember the sacrifice of those who
were lost during the terror attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.