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Thousands help "Carry the Load" on Memorial Day

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DALLAS - Thousands walked the trails for "Carry the Load" in Dallas to honor fallen servicemen and women on Memorial Day.

"Carry the Load" aims to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting people to the sacrifices made by the military, law enforcement, and other emergency personnel.

Participants are encouraged to walk for 20 hours and 14 minutes to honor the nation's heroes. People can walk the whole time or walk just a few minutes.

Walkers do not have to carry a bag but are encouraged to bring something. 

The Dallas Memorial March started Sunday, May 25 at 3:30 p.m. at Reverchon Park and continued overnight down the Katy Trail. It wraps up around noon on Memorial Day. There is no fee to participate.

There are similar "Carry the Load" events in other cities nationwide, including Austin, Tampa, and Ruston, Louisiana.

Local charities participating in the walk include the Brain performance Institute, Attitudes and Attire, Assist the Office Foundation, Friends of Dallas Fire-Rescue, Tip of the Spear Foundation, and Sons of the Flag Burn Foundation.

About 12,000 people participated in 2013.

The first Carry the Load event was held on Memorial Day in 2011 at White Rock lake. It raised about $150,000.

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