“One Day of Remembrance, It’s Not Enough”: Mourning the Devastating Loss of Real-Life Heroes, Bodybuilding Veteran Pays Heartiest Tribute on Memorial Day

Published 05/30/2023, 12:31 AM EDT

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Bodybuilding legend Flex Wheeler uses social media to inspire people to pursue fitness. However, on May 29, the four-time Arnold Classic champion shared a different post on his Instagram. The bodybuilding veteran uploaded an image of himself waving a giant American flag. In the throwback image, Wheeler showed off his physique while holding up the national flag. In his caption, the 57-year-old former champion pays tribute to those who fell while serving the nation.

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Like every American, Wheeler also celebrated Memorial Day on the last Monday of May. On the special day that symbolically marks the beginning of the summer season, Wheeler mourned the loss of countless real-life heroes who gave their lives to protect America. Here’s what he had to say.

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The bodybuilding veteran is a hero to many. While the 57-year-old competed with the best bodybuilders on stage, in the late 90s he got diagnosed with a rare kidney disease. Since then, the former record holder of Arnold Classic titles has overcome numerous challenges, inspiring those fighting with life-threatening diseases. However, he penned a heartfelt tribute to those who inspire the entire nation.

“Memorial Day: To my friends, fans, and family who’ve lost someone fighting for our freedom,” wrote the former Iron Man Pro winner. While everyone across the nation comes together to honor those who fell on the line of duty on May 29, Wheeler thinks it’s not enough. “One day of remembrance, it’s not enough!!” he wrote in the caption.

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While Memorial Day might be a one-day tribute to the nation’s heroes, it’s nearly a 150-year-old tradition. Shortly after the conclusion of the American Civil War in 1865, citizens in various towns started holding springtime memorials for the fallen soldiers.

Initially, General John A. Logan named the holiday, Decoration Day, to honor Civil War heroes. However, over the course of a century, Memorial Day became a federal holiday that commemorates American military personnel who died fighting all wars in the nation’s history.

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Another bodybuilding icon also paid tribute

The three-time Mr. Olympia runner-up wasn’t the only bodybuilder who honored those who laid their lives downs while serving the U.S.A., Chris Bumstead also paid tribute to the countless fallen heroes. “Wasn’t born here, but I’m grateful every day to be here and those that fight for it,” wrote the Canadian bodybuilding icon in his Instagram story. Despite being Canadian, Bumstead has great respect for the country which gave him the platform to shine and reach the pinnacle of bodybuilding.

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Fans praised Wheeler’s Memorial Day tribute, as well as the throwback image he uploaded. What did you feel? Write your thoughts in the comments.

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Sagnik Bagchi is a sports writer at EssentiallySports who specializes in American sports. He has a deep understanding of combat sports, gymnastics, and weightlifting. He holds a Master's Degree in English Literature from a top university.
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