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May 22, 2013  

Re: National Relay, CARRY THE LOAD make special stop in Texarkana


The city of Texarkana will welcome the national relay, CARRY THE LOAD (CTL), an initiative to unite Americans in a walk to honor those who have fallen in service to our country; veterans, service men and women, first responders, citizens and volunteers, to “carry the load” for those who have and those who can no longer.

Since departing West Point, NY, CARRY THE LOAD has been embraced by a supportive public raising nearly $335,000 to date and welcoming more than 800 road warriors along the way. The third NYC leg dispatched from the Horse Soldiers Memorial (located at Ground Zero) with Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano, along with members of the NYC Fire Department and 9/11 family members, leading the way with mutually shared excitement to “regain” the meaning of Memorial Day.

The City of Texarkana welcomes Carry the Load on Leg 311 in an extended overnight stop on Thursday, May 23, 2013. CTL will travel along HWY 67 between 3-5 p.m. An exchange point is scheduled at 3:30pm at 4110 Arkansas Blvd. CTL will enter into Texas at the Stateline Avenue intersection and continue to the city limits on W. 7th Street. Members of the organization will be available to speak with media about this event.

All Texarkana area Veterans, as well as any Veteran is encouraged to come out and participate in this event. All citizens who are not veterans should come to show their support to those who have served, and those who are serving now. Be sure to wear your patriotic colors, and bring your U.S. Flag with you! Let’s show the ‘Carry the Load Relay Team’ support. Citizens are encouraged to welcome the walkers by showing their patriotism – wearing red, white and blue and carrying U.S. flags.

All funds raised will be donated to CARRY THE LOAD’s beneficiaries--Heroes On The Water, Snowball Express, Sons Of The Flag Burn Foundation, T.A.P.S. and Team Red, White & Blue, and Tip Of The Spear--organizations focused on supporting military families. To register as a Load Carrier /or/ demonstrate your support by sponsoring a portion of the Relay /or/ to donate directly to the campaign, please visit www.CarryTheLoad.org.

2013 Carry The Load Market Stops Remaining: -Thursday, May 23 – Prescott / Hope / Texarkana, AR/Texarkana, TX -Friday, May 24 – Naples / Omaha / Mt. Pleasant / Mt. Vernon, TX -Saturday, May 25 – Sulphur Springs / Greenville / Royse City, TX -Sunday, May 26 – Dallas, TX -Monday, May 27 (MEMORIAL DAY) – Dallas, TX


Founded in 2011 by Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley (U.S. Naval Academy graduates and U.S. Navy veterans), CARRY THE LOAD is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] foundation organized to restore the meaning and purpose of Memorial Day and recognize those who devoted their lives to protect us in defense of our nation, intolerable crime and unforeseen tragedy and disaster.

With the mission to engage Americans by challenging us to look beyond the contemporary three-day weekend (now customarily observed and celebrated by back-yard barbeques furniture and mattress sales), CTL hopes to rejuvenate the true meaning and purpose of the holiday—to honor those who served and died for our country and community by participating in the National Relay and acknowledging Memorial Day throughout the entire month as “Memorial May.”

Originating in Dallas, TX, the 2011 inaugural event encompassed a 20-hour, 11-minute walk with more than 400 participants. Elevating to a national level, the 2012 CARRY THE LOAD mapped out a 24/7 foot-powered national relay—an initiative that was supported by more than 6,000 Americans who walked a route that began in West Point, NY, and continued across the nation over the course of 1,700 miles and 27 Days before landing in Dallas, TX, for a Memorial Day March.

For more information please visit http://carrytheload.org/splash/ or you can contact;

CARRY THE LOAD NATIONAL RELAY MEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Music City News Media & MarketingKat Atwood • KATwood@musiccitynews.com • 615-770-2994

Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
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Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office)
903-824-4199 (cell)
903-798-3023 (fax)


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