While Hollywood isn’t traditionally known for supporting US troops, top-billed actors Chris Pratt and John Krasinski are breaking the mold, and encouraging Americans across the country to take the “Murph Challenge” in honor of fallen soldiers.
The challenge is named after Navy SEAL veteran and Medal of Honor recipient Michael Murphy, who was killed in the line of duty, and includes a brutal physical workout.
“Take a moment of your day, Monday, to say thank you to the brave men and women who laid down their lives for all of us,” said Krasinski in a video posted to social media.
“Thank you to Lt. Michael P. Murphy, and the millions of soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom,” said Pratt in a similar video. “We live this life because you laid down yours – gratitude and prayers for all of you.”
https://t.co/V1psc13hjP Memorial Day is coming up. Take a moment of your day Monday to say thank you to the brave men and women who laid down there lives for all of us. Wanna do a little something more? Take the #TheMurphChallenge !! @donsaladino @prattprattpratt @TheRock pic.twitter.com/BGAVJjnk6X
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) May 23, 2019
#MemorialDayMurph is just around the corner. Me and the gang got one done yesterday. Go to https://t.co/XQBzOskTvk to find out what I’m talking about, get you a shirt-post a sweaty pic with your crew for a RT! Order… https://t.co/PrNaiFj8Sj
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) May 16, 2019
Commenters on social media praised the two for their efforts to honor the troops, and for bringing awareness to the sacrifice of US soldiers to Americans everywhere.
Thanks John, Chris and all the others participating
— Amy M. (@justluv214) May 23, 2019
Loving our guys! Where would we be without you. Thank you just doesn’t seem like enough…but thank you for your sacrifice & your families as well. Have had 7 family members in ‘armed’ services. Remembering all of YOU & all who gave their ALL! 😍🙏💝🇺🇸
— ‘MJ’ Abrahams aka Boo Boo Kitty (@poekneegurl) May 23, 2019
— Wade Fulford (@wfulford) May 23, 2019
Awesome!! Even more respect for you for appreciating our military, veterans & fallen heroes!! And going the extra mile with the Murph Challenge!!♥️
— Lisa Cee Middlebrooks (@CeeMiddlebrooks) May 23, 2019
I appreciate your support. As a service member, it means so much.
— R. Aaron Houde (@aaronhoude) May 25, 2019