For 20 straight hours there were boots on the ground. But it was a lot more than just a walk in the park, there was rain, and blisters, but nobody was complaining. This walk was to remember the real reason for Memorial Day.
“It’s the least we can do to give back to those guys,” says Corporal Quinn Meredith of the Texas State Guard. “My brothers roommate and teammate was KIA’d in Afghanistand July 28 2013.”
Three years ago, former Navy SEAL Clint Bruce started Carry the Load out of frustration over the lost meaning of this holiday.
Some carried backpacks and some even carried each other. One guy was even pulling a wagon symbolizing a cost of war you don’t always think about.
“My daughter and I, we painted 3,190 rocks,” says Iraqi war veteran Jason Sterberg. “One rock for each soldier that has taken their own life in 2014 alone. A soldier in my company committed suicide over there. One of these rocks is for him.”
Almost everybody stopped to take a break at some point, is except for Ken Clayton. He walked and ran for 79 miles straight. Whoa!
In the end, more than 20,00 folks carried the load… twice as many as last year. raising more than 1 million dollars for the families of injured soldiers, police, firefighters, and rescue personnel.
“We are going to change the way the United States does Memorial Day,” says Bruce. “And what I love is we only walked a fraction of the miles during Memorial May. The rest of them were walked by you.”