In honor of those who gave their lives in military service, Local U.S. Army veteran Gumecindo De La Rosa and his family, along with H.M. King High School JROTC instructor Carlos Comacho, led other participants through social media in Pushfest 22, an online effort that spanning nearly eight hours on Memorial Day to complete 22 sets of 22 push-ups every 22 minutes.

The event was held in lieu of the annual Ruckfest, a 22-mile hike between Riviera and Kingsville, which was canceled this year because of social distancing concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The number “22” has special meaning as it symbolically represents the average number of military veterans who commit suicide every day because of the mental health and post-traumatic stress conditions that many face after leaving military service.

Pushfest 22 began at 6 a.m. Monday and lasted until the early afternoon, with participants completing a total of 484 push-ups. Between each set, De La Rosa, his family and Camacho walking around his property along flags representing several military veterans who were killed in action or died after leaving the service.

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