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Carry the Load relay team stops in ArkLaTex

"It’s the emotional weight I carry. For some of us, Memorial Day is every day”
Members of Carry the Load's East Coast relay team stopped in Shreveport on May 22 to help honor...
Members of Carry the Load's East Coast relay team stopped in Shreveport on May 22 to help honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Updated: May. 22, 2019 at 11:24 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Just days before Memorial Day weekend, members of a national nonprofit stopped in Shreveport to remind people of the holiday’s true meaning.

Members of Carry the Load’s East Coast relay team joined with local veterans Wednesday to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

The relay team’s members have been on the road for 23 days, having started in West Point, N.Y.

Their journey is planned to end Sunday in Dallas.

On Wednesday, they worked their way down to Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.

The team also stopped at the Kelsall & Reeves Monument in Riverview Park and the Shreveport Fire Department before beginning their march toward Dallas via Hope, Ark., and Texarkana.

Check out the highlights from our time in Shreveport, Louisiana this afternoon! Our #EastCoast Relay Team was joined by...

Posted by Carry The Load on Wednesday, May 22, 2019

“A lot of times, you will see the backpacks, the pictures or names you are carrying, it’s a representation of the emotional weight someone is carrying on the inside,” said Stacey James, of Carry the Load.

“Being able to carry the security forces that I had that I knew as students, being able to carry my family members that have passed, it’s humbling," James continued.

"It’s the emotional weight I carry. For some of us, Memorial Day is every day.”

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