DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Carry The Load organization held an event Wednesday to honor fallen military service members, first responders, and their families.
Carry The Load is a non-profit organization that assists in providing active ways to honor and celebrate American heroes.
The event took place May 15 at 10 am at the Dayton National Cemetery, and educated Dayton youths on patriotism, healing for military veterans, first responders, and their families; and honor those who have died for our freedom.
Dozens of people made the trek from Fairborn to the Dayton National Cemetery.
Carry The Load’s Memorial May awareness campaign offers ways for people to join the National Relay, Dallas Memorial March, and City Rallies.
The National Relay is a walking and bicycling journey of 11,500 miles, where an American flag is passed every five miles for 32 days.
The relay is composed of three segments: a 4,600-mile West Coast route in Seattle, WA on Apr. 25, 3,000-mile East Coast route in West Point, NY on Apr. 29, and a 3,900 Midewest route in Minneapolis, MN on May 3.
Doug Bruce, Relay Manager, said, “It’s incredibly powerful to meet all the families that we come across on this journey. The people that come up to us and tell us what load they’re carrying and we like to take some of that emotion and that burden… we take their names down and put it in a bag and we carry that with us on every leg of the 3,900 mile journey.”
The Memorial May Campaign is Carry The Load’s flagship event for their Awareness Program, which offers opportunities for communitiy members to participate in the National Relay, a City Rally, and plan a Carry It Anywhere fundraising event, as well as attend the Dallas Memorial March.
In 2011, Carry the Load was founded by Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley, two Veteran U.S. Navy SEALs, creating the task to restore the real meaning of Memorial Day and featured a 20-hour and 11-minute Memorial March that occured on Memorial Day.
In 2017, the relay covered more than 19 states and had 50 City Rallies throughoutt the United States.
In 2019, the Midwest Route from Minneapolis to Dallas was added to the relay and over 40 states were covered.
$21.7 million dollars was raised by this campaign since 2011. 93.14% goes to the Awerness, Continuum of Care, and Educaton programs provided by Carry The Load.