Dallas ‘Carries the load’ to honor the fallen
The Katy Trail in Dallas is no stranger to walkers of all ages, strollers and canine companions. Its meandering concrete path hosted some special guests over Memorial Day weekend: over 3,500 people honoring the sacrifices of fallen service members, police and fire rescue heroes with a 20 hour and 15 minute march.
The annual Carry the Load event, started by two former Navy SEALs, hosts thousands of marchers in cities across the U.S. and raises money for locally-based non-profit charities that support veterans, the families of fallen heroes and active police and fire rescue professionals.
Marchers came in all varieties, young and old, some in uniform and nearly all with vivid expressions of determination and remembrance. Some participated to honor fallen loved ones: fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, roommates, friends and coworkers. Some marched in cadence while others hiked in quiet reflection, their backpacks holding pictures and sentimental reminders of memories and selfless service.
This year’s Dallas event raised $1.35 million to benefit seven local non-profits that help those who serve and those who are left behind.
“We feel fortunate to be able to continue to fulfill our mission and provide interactive ways for Americans to remember, honor and celebrate Memorial Day and to make contributions to our non-profit partners,” said Carry the Load co-founder, Stephen Holley.
Carry the Load is a registered 501(c)3 organization that exists to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by honoring the sacrifices made by members of the military, law enforcement, firefighters, rescue personnel and their families.