Carry The Load On Memorial Day

Posted: May 26, 2014 in General
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I was honored to volunteer for the Dallas leg of Carry The Load.  The stated mission of this organization, founded in part by ex-Seal Clint Bruce, is to “provide an interactive way for Americans to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters, and rescue personnel.”

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The event has 345 legs from West Point, NY to Dallas, TX.  Participants may opt to carry an actual load (suggested weight is 20 lbs.) to symbolize carrying a service member who is remembered on the day of the event.  The Dallas event offers load carriers the opportunity to walk in legs for a total of 20 hours and 14 minutes.

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I worked the mess tent and was in awe at the number of participants, especially for a stormy event opening.  I’m actually looking forward to helping organize a team next year and participate in a more meaningful way.  Should you feel inclined to do so as well, visit carrytheload.org for more information.

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I really liked the event shirts and saw a lot of inspiring t-shirts, but I think this image sums up Memorial Day the best.

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