In its ninth year, Carry the Load event raises money for veteran assistance programs, honors the fallen

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When you’ve lost a loved one in the military, every day is Memorial Day. Carry the Load continues to ask the rest of us to remember at least this one day each year.

DALLAS — When you’ve lost a loved one in the military, every day is Memorial Day.

The Carry the Load organization, now in its ninth year, continues to be the biggest event in North Texas. It asks all of us to be reverent on at least this one day of the year.

As is the custom at the Carry the Load event, held each Memorial Day weekend in Reverchon Park, a field of American flags lined the grass near the west end of the park.

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Many march through Cape Girardeau to honor those that have fallen

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) – Scores of people walked through Cape Girardeau to honor the sacrifices made by military, veterans, first responders and their families on Saturday.

SEMO Vets “March to the River” hosted the Carry the Load as they marched from Cape Girardeau County Park, through the streets of Cape Girardeau to the John Boardman Pavilion in downtown.

This is part of the Carry the Load Midwest Relay Team as they continue on their 3,900-mile journey from Minneapolis to Dallas.

Heartland News talked with SEMO Vets founding members Dave Cantrell, Alan Schoen, Rocky Everett and Matt McGill who said it’s important they honor those that sacrificed their all.

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Carry The Load makes pit stop on Fort Hood during Memorial Day tour

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Hundreds of riders throughout the country are bringing attention to the nation’s fallen veterans and first responders ahead of Memorial Day.

KILLEEN, Texas — Carry The Load, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting Americans to the nation’s military, veterans and first responders, rode into Central Texas Thursday with a stop at Fort Hood. People across the country are riding to raise awareness for the group going into Memorial Day.

“It seems like all I’ve done is ride mountains, and the people I carry on my back have allowed me to get to the top,” rider Tom Wendling said.

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Helping to carry the load: Nonprofit group works to remember fallen heroes

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May 23, 2019

FORT HOOD — Participants in the Carry the Load — a walk and cycle event that honors fallen military and law enforcement members — from the West Coast made a stop Thursday at Fort Hood to witness the third annual Carry the Load Rally.

About a dozen participants rallied at the 1st Cavalry Division Horse Detachment training area for the color guard posting of the colors; the national anthem sung by country music artist Carl Hutchens, a Vietnam veteran from Galena Park; and a demonstration by the horse detachment.

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‘Carry The Load’ veterans aim to restore ‘true’ meaning of Memorial Day through relay

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two Navy SEAL veterans are on a mission to restore what they believe is the “true” meaning of Memorial Day.

They started an organization called “Carry The Load” to honor active-duty military, veterans and first responders in the form of a 32-day cross-country relay passing through Zilker Park in Austin Wednesday.

From Zilker Park, they will walk two miles to Republic Square for a patriotic rally. Their final stop will be in Dallas on Memorial Day.

Along the relay route, they will hand off the American flag every five miles.

Participants are encouraged to bring a memento to symbolize a personal load they may carry — whether it be a rucksack, photo or name badge, etc.