No Barriers Warriors Alumni to Climb Denali
Team To Carry Names of Fallen Military to the Summit on Memorial Day
By Brian Smith
This Memorial Day, four No Barriers Warriors alumni will climb to the top of Denali, the tallest peak in North America, to honor the sacrifice of veterans who were killed serving their county.
The team will consist of Warriors to Summits alum Brian McPherson, expedition leaders Josh Jespersen and Margaux Mange, and No Barriers Warriors Program Manager Nick Colgin.
The team will carry the names of as many veterans as possible to the top of the 20,321-foot peak in Alaska. The team is asking for submissions of names from across America to be honored during the expedition.
Submissions can include a spouse, family member, community member, or anyone who should be remembered for his or her sacrifice. The names will be stitched onto one of several American flags and carried to the summit.
To submit a name or make a donation to the expedition, visit www.missionmemorialday.com and navigate to the “Submit a Name” tab.
“This isn’t just about climbing a mountain. This is about coming together as Americans, whether you served or not, to honor the service and sacrifice of those that gave their all for our freedoms,” Colgin said.
The expedition will take place from May 8, 2015, to May 31, 2015, with a summit date of May 25, Memorial Day. This is the inaugural year of what the team hopes will be an annual expedition to take back the meaning of this day, raise awareness and ensure those lost are not forgotten.
“We are proud of the efforts of these four alumni to desire to do something bigger than themselves,” said Cindy Bean, No Barriers Chief Development Officer. “We’ve known this team for a long time. Their valor and service to our country continues to inspire all of us here at No Barriers.
“Service was a major motivator in their military career. Mission Memorial Day is a way for them to serve again. You can make a difference for Margaux, Nick, Josh and Brian, and help them honor our fallen patriots by donating to their efforts today,” she added.
“Its really awesome to watch these warriors as they continue to reach and push the limits of what they can do,” said No Barriers Warriors Director John Toth. “By continuing to seek out opportunities to summit again, they continue to be great examples of what veterans can do when they realize there are no barriers.”
No Barriers is honored and proud to serve the brave men and women of the U.S. Military through our No Barriers Warriors programming. No Barriers Warriors supports teams of veterans and transitioning service members with disabilities to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. Many of our alumni continue to stretch, reach and step up to lead and serve others. Nick, Margaux, Josh and Brian are alumni who want to continue to impact the world and contribute to something bigger than themselves.
Mission Memorial Day is their effort to remember our fallen patriots and carry them to the top of the tallest mountain in North America, where their spirits can fly free and they can be forever remembered. We invite you to learn more about Mission Memorial Day and support their efforts by making a donation to their website and submitting names of fallen patriots you would like them to carry to the top of Denali. www.missionmemorialday.com
Please Note: Mission Memorial Day participants are organizing, funding and planning this event independently of No Barriers USA. No Barriers USA, including its officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers and representatives (collectively NBUSA) is not sponsoring, organizing, planning, funding, controlling or otherwise responsible for Mission Memorial Day.