Dear Family & Friends
Memorial Day is a very special day....Let us remember, honor, and never forget, the men and women who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Please join our team, "Animal Tribe," and help support Carry The Load!
This is our third year supporting and participating in Carry the Load. It has been both very rewarding and humbling for our family. It continues to remind some of us, and educate others (adults and children alike), why this day is so very important. Animal Tribe has carried several individuals, never to be forgotten. They include old friends like Naval Aviators CDR Willie McCool, USN (Pilot of Space Shuttle Columbia, STS-107), CDR David "Cashman" Casher, USN (F/A-18 pilot in VFA-106), and LT Kevin "Chicken Bone" Colling, USN (Blue Angel). In addition, Juliet carried and honored CPL Clarence Drakes, USA who served with her father in the Vietnam War. Sadly, these are just a few of the many heroes we've known that paid the price. We will carry more in the coming years.
This year I will carry two USNA classmates: ENS Tom Deluca, USN, who died while on a solo flight in the T-2 jet trainer at NAS Beeville, TX, (14 NOV 1984); and ENS Brian Gahn, USN, who died while on a T-2 training flight conducting target area tactics at NAS Beeville, TX (11 JAN 1985). Additionally, I will carry VADM Scott Stearney,USN, (F/A-18 pilot, TOPGUN IP) who took his on life while serving as Commander, 5th Fleet. (NOV'18).
Your support will help to honor the fallen and fulfill Carry The Load’s mission to support our nation’s heroes by raising much-needed funds to provide a continuum of care for Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Rescue personnel and their families.
We would love for you to join us and walk with us...... even if it's only for 30 minutes. If you are unable to attend the event, we would greatly appreciate any donation you can make.
Please help us to make a difference!! We raised $5000 our first year and $7500 last year. Join Animal Tribe as we endeavor to exceed our goal this year!
Let us never forget, freedom isn't free.
"We are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free."
- President Ronald Reagan, 1983
Wishing you a very special Memorial Day!
Animal (Craig), Juliet, Austin, Brie & Brooke