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Carry the Load National Relay walking through Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. – You can be a part of raising awareness of the true meaning of Memorial day by participating in the “Carry The Load’s National Relay. The fundraising campaign is walking through Sturgis, today on a 20,000 mile journey to honor and remember fallen military and first responders.

The event begins today at Fort Meade Museum at 1pm. Relay participants will make their way to Sturgis Harley Davidson, estimated at 2p.m. and then walk on to the Black Hills National Cemetery, arriving at 3:30p.m.

Nationwide, thousands of volunteers will walk in Carry The Load’s National Relay that spans 20,000 miles, 48 states, and 85 rallies. The five relay routes converge at the Dallas Memorial March on Memorial Day weekend.

According to Stephen Holley, co-founder, president and CEO of Carry The Load and Veteran U.S. Navy SEAL, volunteers say that participating in Carry The Load has given them a deeper connection to those who serve and a greater appreciation for the sacrifices made for the nation’s freedom.”

Carry The Load raises funds to assist with many challenges the military, veterans, first responders and their families. The goal this Memorial May is to raise $2.25 million through peer-to-peer fundraising.

People of all ages can walk with the National Relay team and join in at any stage of the walk.

Carry The Load is a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2011 by veteran U.S. Navy SEALs Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley with a mission to provide active ways to connect Americans to the sacrifices made by our military, veterans, first responders, and their families. For more, visit www.carrytheload.org or www.carrytheload.org/media-resources.

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