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‘Carry the Load’ March Passes through Central Virginia

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People on a cross-country relay dedicated to restoring the true meaning of Memorial Day marched through the Charlottesville area Tuesday.

Carry the Load spotlights the sacrifices of the military, law enforcement, firefighters, and rescue personnel through 2,000 miles of steps, in 27 days. The group has now walked through seven states in seven days. As they continue their journey south, they are giving back to those who fight for our freedom every day.

“Our mission is to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day and we do that by going on a national relay,” said Jo-Leigh Warren, a member of the Carry the Load media crew.

Leg captain Kristoff Cohran holds a Carry the Load flag as he marches to a halt at Colonial Baptist Church in Keswick.

“I'm a leg captain, so there's six of us. We each take shifts. I walk every single day from 10-12 and 2-4,” Cohran said.

The team always has someone traveling on foot along the route from West Point, New York to Dallas, Texas. People are encouraged join on this journey to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“That's who we give back to, that's who we're walking for. The participants that come out and walk with us, we always ask them, who are they carrying? They have someone special in their heart and that has dedicated their lives to help us have freedom and help us be safe,” Warren said.

Carry the Load is also raising money to benefit groups including Heroes on the Water and Snowball Express.

Cohran says it's a way to unite the country with the purpose of remembering, honoring and celebrating America's service members and their families.

“I'm hoping to really restore that true meaning, to really connect people with the mission of Carry the Load in this event and to really engage people to want to come out and support those men and women who support us, and they don't even know us,” Cohran said.

Carry the Load is camped out in Richmond for the night. People can register to join the group for different legs of their journey.

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