April 5: Go For Broke Day

On April 5, go ahead. Give it all you’ve got, because today is Go For Broke Day. Whatever the situation, give it your all and then don’t worry about it. If you’ve given everything you’ve got to give, then there’s nothing more to be done.

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.”

1 Corinthians 9:24

I’m not certain, but Go For Broke Day is probably related to the Japanese Americans who fought in World War II in the 442nd regiment, and especially the 100th infantry battalion. These brave soldiers were suspected of all sorts of terrible things simply because of their race, but they did what they could to fight for their country, the U.S.A.

“Go For Broke” was their motto, and on April 5, 1945, the 442nd broke through Germany’s Gothic Line along the Apennines in Italy. Over the next few weeks, the 442nd continued to push the Nazi army back, despite terrible losses (approximately 93% killed or wounded and removed from action). Today they are known as the most decorated American regiment ever, receiving 21 Medals of Honor, 52 Distinguished Service Crosses, and many more awards.

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  1. Pingback: April 5*: National Walk to Work Day | A Year of Holidays

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