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There's a great story on this Memorial Day -- cross country walk to remember fallen US service members.
The 17100 mile journey called carry the load it started at West Point on May first it will end this afternoon in Dallas.
That's the hometown of two former Navy SEALs who created the organization behind this movement to increased observation of Memorial Day.
Coleman Ruiz executive director of carry the load joins us now live from Dallas you had an interest thing.
-- comment about how Memorial -- stacks up in our nation's pantheon of holidays can you share that with us.
Yes John we you know Memorial Day two losses are much more than.
Come on knock yourself or barter -- -- three day weekend Memorial Day two losses are the one holiday that.
You know all -- holidays are subject to with all Memorial Day.
We don't get any other holidays so this is very important weekend for us so tell us about the walk it started I said West Point but it's actually Westport New York right.
No you're correct we started -- -- cemetery.
On high noon on May first.
In the US military academy at West Point and proceeded for the next 27 days.
All day and all night.
Now the relay never stopped all the way to Dallas -- -- arrived yesterday to begin -- twenty hours and twelve minute walk here in Dallas Texas while and how do that what are the experiences that you've had along the way.
John we've -- everything from a visit to rescue five a fire house on Staten Island to an impromptu parade in the -- Tennessee.
To folks just coming out of their houses to walk with -- five or ten miles.
Now with really no way no how -- -- to get back to their houses because they heard about us on the radio it was an incredible journey and it really did it did exactly we wanted was to share some stories with people all across the country and this is only the second year it's taken place.
Yes Joseph we're due -- morning hours -- eleven minute walk here in Dallas last year and other relay this is the very first year we did it.
And we did that because we wanted to push to -- Memorial Day back into the American consciousness and and know -- and we're doing the twenty hours and twelve minutes walk here in Dallas today it's only the second year of the local event here in Dallas.
All right and and of the money that is a raise because there are some funds raised along with -- right did they go to families of wounded veterans.
Yes or all the money we raise over and above the cost of the the 17100 mile relay event.
Go to two primary organizations the snowball express that's a charity for children of the fallen.
And the tragedy assistance program for survivors.
Which I think you probably know about them -- you are relatively certain they're in Arlington all day today.
And on Dallas raises money for our couple local organizations here in Dallas.
Coleman Ruiz is spent twelve years as a navy seal 17100 mile walk him.
Just a matter of days thank you for your service and thanks for bring in south force.
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