As most of you know, two local families lost two great men this week. Lt. Commander Landon L. Jones and Chief Warrant Officer Jonathon S. Gibson, members of HSC-6, based on the USS Nimitz, were killed in a helicopter crash in the Red Sea. Both men leave behind young children and families that will never be able to say their goodbyes. LCDR Jones never had the opportunity to meet his 6 week old son. It’s hard to know how to reach out to people at times like this and just what to say. There never seem to be words that can translate the sentiment that we are all feeling for these families.
We have decided that instead of doing Barbells for Boobs this year, we want to do something to support these families, however big or small that may be. On Saturday, October 26, we are going to do a workout in their honor. We will begin at 09:00 with a moment of silence and will have two candles lit for these men. The gym will stay open as long as we need to allow everyone to show their support the best we know how as a CrossFit community- through sweat, pain, and maybe even tears. We will accept donations however big or small and make sure that 100% of this money goes directly to these two families to help assist with anything they need.
If you have any questions or would like to help in any way, please let us know. We will update this post with more details as they become available.
Please read the following account from LCDR Jones’ wife of this devastating tragedy: http://bangordailynews.com/2013/09/28/living/words-from-a-grieving-widow/
To the Jones and Gibson families, we want to express our deepest sympathies from everyone at CrossFit Coronado.