Friday, April 8, 2016

Who Will You Carry?

Now that Easter is over, we can all sit back and ‘rest’ for a hot second before the next holiday approaches. I feel like January until the end of March was a blur with all of the holidays back to back. New Years, 2 birthday’s, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s day and Easter all back to back. I’m glad there isn’t anything I need to decorate for in April. April, I’m sure will come and go just as quickly as the first three months of 2016.

Aside from Mother’s Day (May 8), Memorial Day is the next big holiday that we will celebrate. A lot of people think of Memorial Day as another day off of work that will make for a long weekend. Others think of it as the beginning of summer. I, too, once looked at Memorial Day as both of those things in the past. Of course, that was before I began dating Mr. International. While, I am grateful for a Monday in May off, I am even more grateful to understand and celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Carry the Load is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to restoring the true meaning of Memorial Day. The organization aims to connect Americans to the sacrifices of the military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personal who dedicate their lives to keeping our country safe. Carry the Load provides an interactive way for our nation to remember, honor and celebrate Memorial Day in dedication to those who sacrifice for us daily.

Americans are encouraged to form teams to walk in respect for the fallen and there is no fee to participate. The East Coast relay will start on May 1st and end May 29th making it a 29 day, 2,300 mile journey. It begins in one of our favorite spots, West Point, New York and end in Dallas, Texas. This year, The West Coast relay will begin April 27th and end May 29th. Traveling 4,300 miles from Seattle, Washington to Dallas, Texas. As you can see, Dallas is the finish line. On actual Memorial Day, May 30th there will be a 20 hour 16 minute Memorial March.


We are looking forward to this event in a few short weeks. Justin and I, as well as many of you, have lost so many that have fought to protect us. Carrying them and their memory on Memorial Day is the least we can do. I hope you will consider joining a team, starting a team or simply remembering the true meaning of Memorial Day. To find out more information on Carry the Load, click here.

Until the Mission is Complete,

Farabe’

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