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“Glen” and The 4th of July

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Glen Anthony Doherty

July 10, 1970 – September 12, 2012

Glen Doherty was one of four Americans killed in a terror attack in Benghazi, Libya.  Glen died in the attack against the United States Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on September 12th, 2012.  Although the attack began on September 11th, Glen fought hard throughout the night and saved many before succumbing to a mortar attack in the early hours of September 12th.  Glen died serving with men he respected, protecting the freedoms we enjoy as Americans and doing something he loved.  He is an American Hero to those who did not know him;  but for those who did he is a best friend who leaves behind a giant hole in our hearts.

~courtesy of The Glen Doherty Memorial Foundation

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I had the pleasure of knowing Glen.  I was lucky to call him my friend.  Glen was a member here at CrossFit Boston back in the days when we were in Roxbury Crossing.  See the smile in that picture?  That was the same smile Glen brought with him every day to the gym.  I can still recall one day when he came in and we had just finished “Nancy” with a mid day class.  Glen was grinning his grin and made a comment that he was tired.  I poked at him that the WOD wasn’t really all that bad.  He replied, very casually, it was a long night and explained that he had just returned from saving some “important people” that were in trouble in foreign lands.

That was Glen.  He performed a job that very few could perform and he was one of the best.  He didn’t seek glory or fame.  It was just what he believed in.  As his time with us in Boston was coming to an end I remember him stopping into my office and presenting me with a present.  It was a framed quote from Teddy Roosevelt.  It read:

“It’s not the critic who counts. It’s not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled. Credit belongs to the man who really was in the arena, his face marred by dust, sweat, and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs to come short and short again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming. It is the man who actually strives to do the deeds, who knows the great enthusiasm and knows the great devotion, who spends himself on a worthy cause, who at best, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement. And, who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and cruel souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

I still hold dear this quote as it has guided me in challenging times.  I like to think that Glen knew it would be a staple in my years to come.

Today we honor Glen with the workout that CrossFit has produced in his name.  I have completed it once previously, with less than stellar results.  I am looking forward to tomorrow and putting it all on the line once again for Glen.  For what he believed in.  For my friend.

4th of July

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.[4][5] After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

~courtesy of wikipedia

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