September 2019 ─ 1st Squad Challenge

0919 – Gratitude Challenge


Show your gratitude to our nations Veterans, Service Members, and First Responders by going out of your way to shake someone’s hand, tell them “thank you”, and maybe get  part of their story.


  1. Register for the Challenge
  2. Do The Challenge
  3. Get Your Patch
  4. Support Veterans & First Responders


1st Squad is raising awareness and support  to benefit the Semper Fi Fund and aid in their mission. 

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Challenge History

On 11 Sept. 2001 a tragic attack occurred on our very own soil. Many brave men and women responded to help save lives on that day and then deliver an attack of our own. It is these men and women that are willing to sacrifice everything that allow us to enjoy the freedoms we have every day.

The World Trade Center was 110 floors, or about 3,000 steps. In memory of the 412 Emergency Workers who died on 11 September 2001 we challenge you to climb 3k steps.


Challenge Details

be Grateful & never forget

Everyday, Be Thankful

The challenge is simple, everyday go out of your way to thank a Veteran, Service Member, Police Officer, Firefighter, Medical Professional, or anyone who serves the public of this great nation.

Show Your Support

First Responders and Military personnel are heroes that run towards the danger on a daily basis in effort to save the lives of others. One day, it may be you or a loved one that needs their help, so don't waste an opportunity to show your gratitude!

3,000 Steps

In memory of the 412 Emergency Workers who lost their lives on 9/11, we challenge you to climb 3k steps over the course of the month.

Adding Weight

The average weight for a firefighter's gear ranges between 45 and 75 pounds. To add to the challenge throw on a pack with some weight in it while climbing the 3k steps. You can choose your own weight.

Challenge patch

Everyone who registers will receive a patch!

Semper Fi Fund

For a decade and a half, the Semper Fi Fund has been deeply honored to serve those who have preserved our freedom. On the occasion of this 15-year anniversary, we renew our pledge to embody the spirit of “Semper Fi” — to remain “always faithful” not only to those we serve, but to our extended Semper Fi Fund family!

Take the challenge and help us support their mission!

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Most frequent questions and answers

No, you don’t have to complete the challenge and you will still receive your patch and help support the Semper Fi Fund.

But if you’re able why wouldn’t you complete it?

Well, we are raising money to support the Semper Fi Fund. It also costs money to make and ship the patches. 

YES! At the end of the month we will send a check to the Semper Fi Fund.

All patches should be shipped out by the first of the following month.

If you have an idea for a challenge, patch, or cause / organization please let us know. We are happy to give credit where credit is due. Use our Contact Form and let us know about your idea and we will get back to you ASAP!