May 7, 2013
"Carry The Load" is a 27-day relay that spans 17,000 miles nationwide, with the goal of bringing back the true meaning of Memorial Day.
It was created by a former Navy Seal who saw a disconnect in the meaning of Memorial Day and how it is observed throughout the nation.
Today the Charlottesville Fire Department is leading the Charlottesville leg of the "Carry The Load" relay. Starting at the pavilion on the downtown mall at noon, supporters can come out and cheer on the cross country participants who are coming through the commonwealth.
Each leg of the relay will be led by a family member of a fallen serviceman or woman.
Supporters are asked to bring anything that honors their fallen family member.
It is a free event, but donations are accepted. All donations will go to organizations that help injured service members like the Yellow Ribbon Fund. They will also go to programs that help loved ones of fallen military heroes like The Snowball Express and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.
To donate click on the link below.