HISTORY OF MLW

Andy Reich

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BORN FROM A VISION 20 YEARS AGO

What is Legacy?

anything handed down from the past, as from an ancestor or predecessor

Legacy connects us to our past and gives us a sense of continuity

that carries us forward with strength into our future.

THE PURPOSE OF MLW

To create a space where Legacy is created through common experiences using fun, ritual, food and fire so that moments are forged between male family members that will last for generations to come.

A little context

Andy set out to create an event that would not only deliver a powerful experience for Fathers and Sons, but celebrate the fond memories he had of his own Father. By connecting to what his Father meant to him,  Andy created the first MLW experience with a team of volunteers back in 1999.  It’s mission was simple, to celebrate the unique relationship between Father and Son.

By creating an event that connected all participants to each others’ personal life histories (and their male family members) participants could honor where they came from and connect to the value and importance of their own continuing Legacy. More importantly, the event would create opportunities for its younger participants to build a new appreciation and respect for the sacrifices made by the male family members that came before them, thereby setting the foundation and understanding that their lives matter. And, through this, teaching them that upholding Legacy is the highest honor younger generations can bestow on their predecessors. Andy’s vision for the MLW is in fact an important part of his personal Legacy.  He is a long-standing and well-respected member of the volunteer organization known as Blood Soldiers Men’s Division whose purpose is to effect positive change in the lives of individuals and communities. If you are interested in learning more about Blood Soldiers, please talk to the man that invited you and ask to come to a meeting.