LITTLEON, Colo. -- Sunday marks the 10 year anniversary of an event that shines the spotlight on the horror and bravery of war.
Operation Red Wing led to a book and a movie called Lone Survivor and mor than 150 people came out Saturday to honor one of the men on the Navy SEALS team that died that day in Afghanistan.
It's called the 6-28-05 Memorial Fitness Challenge.
Six exercises, done 28 times each for five rounds, including burpees, sit-ups, push-ups and a 28-meter bear crawl.
6-28-05 is the month, day and year Heritage High School grad and American hero Danny Dietz as part of a Navy SEALS team died during a mission in Afghanistan to track down and kill a Taliban leader.
"What we're doing out here today doesn't even come close to comparing what the men on June 28th went through and sacrifices they made,” said Tiffany Bitz, the sister of Danny Dietz.
"We can come out here in the heat and do a difficult workout, we walk away knowing we are doing something great to honor the men that gave their lives that day," said Bitz.
Through their sweat, they honor Dietz, whose family started a non-profit foundation to help youth with leadership and life skills, including tutoring, fitness and drug and alcohol awareness.
"We lost tremendously but through the loss we've gained a family, that a family of support that is never ending," said Cindy Dietz Marsh, Dietz’ mother.
That support includes Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry and the all-veterans parachute team, who dropped onto the Heritage High School field during the event.
"I just want to thank the community, the world for never forgetting my son," said Marsh.
After his death, Dietz was awarded the U.S. Navy’s second-highest award, the Navy Cross for valorous actions in battle.AlertMe