For more than three weeks, members of Carry the Load have been making their way to Dallas. Carrying an American flag, walkers of the West Coast team started their trek on April 25 in Seattle. The team arrived in Midland — the 90th city on the walk — on Friday.
Carry the Load is a nonprofit organization that strives to restore the meaning of Memorial Day by hosting a 32-day relay to honor military personnel and first responders. Relay participants walk or cycle between 50 and 80 miles each day, handing off the American flag between one another every five miles. Each walker wears on his or her back the names of people they choose to honor each day.