Carry The Load announced today the dates for its 2014 National Relay, which will begin on April 29 in West Point, NY, and end with its 20 hours and 14 minutes Memorial March in Dallas, TX, during Memorial Day weekend on May 25-26. The vision of Carry The Load is to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our military, law enforcement, firefighters, and rescue personnel, and to support charitable organizations around the country that help them and their families
“What was meant to be a day of remembering the sacrifices of our fallen military men and women has become a weekend of sales, barbecues and mini-vacations,” said Clint Bruce, co-founder of Carry The Load. “And though it is a wonderful weekend to celebrate family and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, the true purpose of Carry The Load calls all of us to ‘never forget to remember’ those who made that ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.”
This year, Carry The Load will log more than 2,000 miles across the nation with relay points in more than 230 cities. Carry The Load encourages people in communities and towns throughout the route to join the National Relay in an effort to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day and share “who they are carrying.” This year’s national nonprofit partners are Team RWB, TAPS, Snowball Express and Heroes on the Water.
“Through the efforts of Carry The Load, we are all able to express our respect and admiration for those who sacrifice for us every day,” added Bruce. “Memorial Day is the perfect time for family members and friends to take time to show their appreciation by participating in the Relay, whether that is walking, biking, running, raising money or just cheering on those walking through your community.”
Visit CarryTheLoad.org to join the National Relay, make a donation, or to share your story. The website provides a town-by-town overview, lists activities planned in local cities, and highlights the progress of the cross-country event.