May 22, 2019

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

by: Todd Bailey

Posted: May 22, 2019 / 09:56 AM CDT /
Updated: May 22, 2019 / 06:50 PM CDT

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.