The 1st Cavalry Division shared its history and traditions with the Carry the Load relay team on Thursday at the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment headquarters.
Despite the hot temperatures, thousands met the challenge again to honor the heroes who Memorial Day is for.
Thousands of people in Dallas joined the Carry the Load march downtown in honor of fallen soldiers.
Many in attendance had family or friends they were walking for, but the event is as much for the general public as it is for service members.
The month of May was a special memorial-month event for more than 60 Samsung employees who participated in the annual Carry the Load National Relay to honor fallen U.S. veterans and first responders and support their families through fundraising.
While some consider this weekend as the unofficial kickoff to summer, it’s important we not overlook the real meaning of the holiday: Remembering our fallen military heroes.
When Glen Dare marches again this Memorial Day, 24 hours overnight for Carry the Load, five names on his 80-pound pack will go with him.
“I believe in the cause. I believe we need to get back to the true meaning of Memorial Day,” said Sergeant Andrew Deleon, a Marine Veteran who is cycling with the West Coast Carry the Load team.
Carry the Load’s mission, to ensure that Memorial Day gets the attention and respect it deserves, also extends to the sacrifices and needs of first responders.
Stephen Holley is a former Navy SEAL who founded the nonprofit Carry the Load in 2011 and started an outdoor clothing company called Sixsite. The Dallas native appears to be the model of success for a veteran who returned home to start a family and build a career. Even so, Holley has struggled with debilitating depression.
He spoke to George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, about his journey from Navy SEAL to entrepreneur.
The West Coast relay group honored fallen veterans before floating down the Comal River. This was the first time Carry The Load has added a tubing leg.