Carry The Load

Carry The Load Help support our mission to provide active ways to connect Americans with the daily sacrifices of our nation's military, veterans, first responders and their families!

Find out how you can get involved: www.carrytheload.org What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has grown to include more than just our military heroes and more than just the one holiday. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. -2011 Founded by Veteran U.S. Navy SEALs, Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley, Carry The Load's mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day featured a 20-hour and 11-minute Memorial March that took place on Memorial Day in Dallas. -2012 Launched a National Relay, consisting of an East Coast Route from West Point to Dallas. -2016 Added a West Coast Route from Seattle to Dallas. -2017 Covered more than 19 states, including 50 City Rallies throughout the country. -2019 Added a Midwest Route from Minneapolis to Dallas; footprint increases to 40 states. Watch our story here: www.carrytheload.org/about

Mission: Provide an active way to honor and celebrate our nation’s heroes by connecting Americans to the sacrifices made by Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families.

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Consider a donationt to Carry The Load in your veterans name.  Visit CarryTheLoad.org/VeteransDay for more on how you ca...
11/04/2020

Consider a donationt to Carry The Load in your veterans name. Visit CarryTheLoad.org/VeteransDay for more on how you can make a difference for America's heroes. #VeteransDay #CarryTheLoad

This Veterans Day, write a letter to a veteran thanking them for their service.  For more ideas on how you can Carry It ...
11/03/2020

This Veterans Day, write a letter to a veteran thanking them for their service. For more ideas on how you can Carry It Anywhere for veterans, visit CarryTheLoad.org/VeteransDay #VeteransDay #CarryTheLoad

In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, Firegrounds Coffee Company, is offering a 10% discount for each purch...
11/02/2020

In honor of National Veterans Small Business Week, Firegrounds Coffee Company, is offering a 10% discount for each purchase of a gift box including 2 bags of coffee and a mug! Use promo code CTL10! For each purchase made, Firegrounds Coffee Company will make a $10 donation to Carry The Load.

November is Military Family Month.  This is a time to acknowledge the sacrifices made by families due to separation duri...
11/01/2020

November is Military Family Month. This is a time to acknowledge the sacrifices made by families due to separation during deployment, moving lives thousands of miles away, and the stress of wondering when your loved one is coming home. Military families exemplify the bravery, strength, and love that make our nation great.

One such family is the Mangio’s. Carry The Load Ambassador, Michelle Mangio currently lives on-base with her family in Japan. Michelle met her future-husband in 2002 when he would hide his motorcycle from his parents at Michelle’s cousin’s house. They would go on to fall in love, building a nearly two decade marriage together, and having 2 sons.

“Being married to someone in the military means living with a lot of uncertainty,” Michelle said. “You have to take this image of what life is supposed to be like out of your head and make the best of whatever situation you’re in.”

The Mangio’s first lived in Camp Pendleton, CA, then moved to Fort Sam Houston, TX. They currently reside in Okinawa, Japan. Michelle says things began to get tougher once they had their sons.

“It is harder for them to understand why daddy has to go away. Even as they get older, it gets harder. What made life a little easier, is having a good support system. Everywhere you go, you have to find that for yourself and find people you can let in and trust.”

Michelle’s best advice for others is to make sure you know what you signed up for.

“Know that your military spouse has a very important job that allows you to take care of your family and raise your kids the way you want to raise them. But, as the backbone of the family, you have to be twice as strong.”

“Have compassion for your spouse and know they have a lot on their plate. Marriage is always a work in progress and you have to fight for it. Not just for yourself but for your family.”

We continue to carry our military families as they continue their journey of service and sacrifice. Thank you for all you do.

Carry The Load Ambassador John Kohlschein has set up his Carry It Anywhere for Veterans Day! Have you? If not, visit Car...
11/01/2020
John's Carry The Load Carry It Anywhere

Carry The Load Ambassador John Kohlschein has set up his Carry It Anywhere for Veterans Day! Have you? If not, visit CarryTheLoad.org/VeteransDay to learn more! Click “Carry It Anywhere” to build your event!

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Help us support our veterans!  Do a Facebook fundraiser for Carry The Load on your birthday!  To share our mission with ...
11/01/2020

Help us support our veterans! Do a Facebook fundraiser for Carry The Load on your birthday! To share our mission with your friends, visit carrytheload.org/About #CarryTheLoad

Carry The Load Ambassador Josh Lewis shared this picture of his little Marines with us!  We want to see your young firef...
10/31/2020

Carry The Load Ambassador Josh Lewis shared this picture of his little Marines with us! We want to see your young firefighters, law enforcement, and soldiers this Halloween! Share them in the comments below! Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

We completed the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 💪 Thank you to everyone who joined our team, and supported us in Dallas...
10/30/2020

We completed the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge 💪 Thank you to everyone who joined our team, and supported us in Dallas-Fort Worth! We are grateful to be beneficiaries of this event!

Sgt. Shawn Stoddard was a Sergeant in the 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry div...
10/29/2020

Sgt. Shawn Stoddard was a Sergeant in the 1st Squadron, 10th Calvary Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry division. He was an excellent shot, which led him to be a calvary scout and sharpshooter. He served two tours in Iraq. Shawn was a leader and always someone that took charge. He was a protector and made you feel safe. Shawn was a tremendous family man who loved his family dearly. He was a kind soul who loved a good joke. He was a protector who gave his life for the love of his country and family. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

We have some incredible first responders we would like to recognize on #NationalFirstRespondersDay like retired Dallas F...
10/28/2020

We have some incredible first responders we would like to recognize on #NationalFirstRespondersDay like retired Dallas Fire firefighters Milton Williams and David Lindsey of The Lt. Todd Wesley Krodle Memorial Foundation as well as Frederick Frazier, a 20-year vet of Dallas PD with Assist the Officer Foundation! Comment and share pictures of your favorite first responders! WFAA

Thank you to Altar'd State in SouthLake, TX for donating proceeds from their Mission Monday! 10% of all funds made on Mi...
10/28/2020

Thank you to Altar'd State in SouthLake, TX for donating proceeds from their Mission Monday! 10% of all funds made on Mission Monday, totaling over $1,800, went to continuing our mission! #CarryTheLoad

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10/28/2020

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This Veterans Day, Carry It Anywhere because they Carry It Everywhere.  CarryTheLoad.org/VeteransDay  #VeteransDay #Carr...
10/27/2020

This Veterans Day, Carry It Anywhere because they Carry It Everywhere. CarryTheLoad.org/VeteransDay #VeteransDay #CarryTheLoad

To the servicemen and servicewomen deployed far and wide, we salute you. Remember and pray for those on deployment, and ...
10/26/2020

To the servicemen and servicewomen deployed far and wide, we salute you. Remember and pray for those on deployment, and their families, for the bravery and sacrifice they are making for all of us. #DayOfTheDeployed #CarryTheLoad

Staff Sgt. Shawn Henry McNabb volunteered for the U.S. Army in July 2003. Following basic training, he served with the 7...
10/26/2020

Staff Sgt. Shawn Henry McNabb volunteered for the U.S. Army in July 2003. Following basic training, he served with the 702nd Combat Support Medical Company. In October of 2005 he was assigned to the 57th Air Medical Ambulance Company, “The Originals” at Ft Bragg, NC. In 2008, he was assigned to 3RD Battalion, 160th SOAR(A), in Savannah, GA. He was a combat veteran with five deployments. McNabb was killed in action on this day 10 years ago. While serving in Iraq as a Flight Medic he was cited by Commendation with saving just over 50 soldier and civilian lives and flew over 325 missions transporting the injured. While serving, he received more awards and decorations than can be listed here. He was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, and given KIA status.

Today we #AlwaysRemember MSG Ernest Hayward, Sr. who was killed in action on this day in 1965. Ernest joined the US Army...
10/25/2020

Today we #AlwaysRemember MSG Ernest Hayward, Sr. who was killed in action on this day in 1965. Ernest joined the US Army in 1950, and served nearly fifteen years, joining the 5th Special Forces Group in 1960. In all, he served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, in Korea, Panama and two tours in Vietnam. He was a strong supporter of his church, a member of its usher board, and was a Mason. He loved helping others. Posthumously Hayward was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Silver Star Medal for Valor, and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. #CarryTheLoad

As you begin holiday shopping, Kendra Scott will be donating 20% to Carry The Load for every in-store purchase that ment...
10/24/2020

As you begin holiday shopping, Kendra Scott will be donating 20% to Carry The Load for every in-store purchase that mentions GIVEBACK-07so! You can also use that code at checkout for online purchases! You have until October 28 to support Carry The Load!

From hosting a tournament, to a family challenge, fundraise for our nations veterans by taking your shot at sporting cla...
10/23/2020

From hosting a tournament, to a family challenge, fundraise for our nations veterans by taking your shot at sporting clays. Visit carrytheload.org/VeteransDay to learn more, and click "Carry It Anywhere" to setup your event.

1st LT Don Woollett was a Naval Academy graduate, class of ‘80. He chose to join the Marines, and was the top graduate o...
10/23/2020

1st LT Don Woollett was a Naval Academy graduate, class of ‘80. He chose to join the Marines, and was the top graduate of his Infantry officer’s class. Assigned to 1st Battalion 8th Marine Regiment at Camp Lejeune, NC, Don would deploy with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The 24th MEU would deploy into Beirut as part of the UN Peacekeeping mission. On October 23, 1983, a terrorist drove a truck bomb to the front of the barracks and took the lives of 241 U.S. personnel. Don was a good friend and a good man. He greeted life with a warm smile enjoying a passion for history and Doritos. His was a quiet strength and Don went through life on an even keel with a strong inner confidence. They came in peace. The mission in Beirut was that of peace keeper. A role that fit Don well. He represented the best in us. His loss is our loss. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

On this day, we #AlwaysRemember those lost in the terrorist attack on American service members of the Multinational Forc...
10/23/2020

On this day, we #AlwaysRemember those lost in the terrorist attack on American service members of the Multinational Force in Lebanon (MNF), a peacekeeping operation during the Lebanese Civil War. The attack killed 307 people: 241 U.S. and 58 French peacekeepers, 6 civilians and the 2 attackers. The first suicide bomber detonated a truck bomb at the building serving as a barracks for the 1st Battalion 8th Marines (Battalion Landing Team – BLT 1/8), killing 220 Marines, eighteen sailors and three soldiers, making this incident the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Marine Corps since the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II, the deadliest single-day death toll for the United States Armed Forces since the first day of the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War, and the deadliest terrorist attack on American citizens overseas.

Team up with your CrossFit, local gym, or neighborhood workout to fundraise for our nation's veterans.  To host a Carry ...
10/22/2020

Team up with your CrossFit, local gym, or neighborhood workout to fundraise for our nation's veterans. To host a Carry It Anywhere, visit carrytheload.org/veteransday and click "Carry It Anywhere" #CarryTheLoad #VeteransDay

Carry It Anywhere to the course to hold a friendly round of golf or a small tournament to honor our nations veterans. To...
10/21/2020

Carry It Anywhere to the course to hold a friendly round of golf or a small tournament to honor our nations veterans. To create your Carry It Anywhere event, visit http://ow.ly/RBf850BXIEn and click "Carry It Anywhere" #CarryTheLoad #VeteransDay

Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was killed Tuesday while answering a domestic d...
10/20/2020
Who was Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston?

Sgt. Harold Preston, a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, was killed Tuesday while answering a domestic dispute call. He was 65. We carry Sgt. Preston's family and fellow officers during this difficult time. Thank you for your service.

https://www.khou.com/article/news/crime/who-was-houston-police-sgt-harold-preston/285-c79e06b7-8cb1-4652-972e-1bf79ecddb3d

Preston, 65, was a 41-year veteran of the Houston Police Department. He was shot and killed Tuesday.

Don't wait until Memorial May to walk for our nations heroes. Spend this November hosting an event in honor of the sacri...
10/20/2020

Don't wait until Memorial May to walk for our nations heroes. Spend this November hosting an event in honor of the sacrifices of America's veterans. Visit carrytheload.org/VeteransDay for more on how you can Carry It Anywhere. #CarryTheLoad #VeteransDay

Carry It Anywhere because they Carry It Everywhere. Host your own event through Carry It Anywhere to honor our Veterans ...
10/19/2020

Carry It Anywhere because they Carry It Everywhere. Host your own event through Carry It Anywhere to honor our Veterans and Military Families. Learn more at carrytheload.org/VeteransDay

10/19/2020

This Veterans Day, put actions behind the words "Thank You." Join Carry The Load as we Carry It Anywhere to honor those who served our country. For more on how you can make a difference this Veterans Day, visit Carrytheload.org/VeteransDay.

After completing basic training at Fort Benning, SGT James R Morrison was stationed at Fort Campbell with the Second Bat...
10/19/2020

After completing basic training at Fort Benning, SGT James R Morrison was stationed at Fort Campbell with the Second Battalion 506 Infantry. During his tenure at the 101 Airborne Division, he was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom. During 2010 to 2013 he was assigned to the Second Battalion 12 Infantry Regiment at Fort Carson where he was a team leader when deployed to Afghanistan in 2015 to 2016. Following 3 deployments, Morrison took is life on this day in 2016. His awards in the army are the Army Commendation Medal for Valor (placed on his uniform by General David Petraeus), the Army Commendation Medal, 2 Oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal and many others. He was loved by so many. Missed every second of every day. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

Lieutenant Matthew S. Shubzda graduated from the Naval Academy May 1998, and was assigned to aviation. Matt got his wing...
10/18/2020

Lieutenant Matthew S. Shubzda graduated from the Naval Academy May 1998, and was assigned to aviation. Matt got his wings in March 2001 and went to Lemoore, California to an F-18 Super Hornet squadron. During a training exercise preparing to go to Iraq, Matt's plane and another F-18 collided mid air in California. Two aviators in each plane were lost in the ocean, never recovering any of the 4 pilots or either plane. Matt set extremely high goals for himself and never gave up or quit anything. He had just gotten married and was determined to be a great husband. Matt was a kind and gentle person always thinking of others before himself. So many attributes but was so humble. You would never forget him after you met him. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

We #AlwaysRemember Cpl. William Madden Amundson Jr. who was killed in action on this day in 2004. Amundson Jr. was a mor...
10/18/2020

We #AlwaysRemember Cpl. William Madden Amundson Jr. who was killed in action on this day in 2004. Amundson Jr. was a mortar man assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He loved God, his job, his country, and he was proud to serve in the Army. Jr. was a true gentleman. He loved working on cars with his dad, and riding motorcycles with his stepdad. Jr. was very family oriented, and loved all his family members unconditionally. He adored and looked up to his grandpa George and admired him as an Ironman triathlete. He always carried himself with pride and was proud of who he was. #CarryTheLoad

2LT Harold "Pinky" B. Durham, Jr., 25, served in Vietnam and was enlisted before receiving a commission at Ft. Sill, OK ...
10/17/2020

2LT Harold "Pinky" B. Durham, Jr., 25, served in Vietnam and was enlisted before receiving a commission at Ft. Sill, OK in December 1966. Returning to Vietnam as a Forward Observer, he was KIA on this day in the Battle of Ong Thanh. Despite severe wounds, Pinky repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire in order to direct artillery fire. His brave actions in the face of impending death led to the subsequent awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Pinky's Medal of Honor, and other artifacts from his life, are on display at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, GA. Pinky lays in rest at a nearby cemetery. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

SGT Shawn Michael Reilly deployed in 2005 to OIF, and in 2007 to OEF with the 181st Engineer Company. He was awarded a t...
10/16/2020

SGT Shawn Michael Reilly deployed in 2005 to OIF, and in 2007 to OEF with the 181st Engineer Company. He was awarded a trophy for most motivated soldier In Ranger school in 1988, proud recipient of Combat Jump Wings for jumping into Panama with the 75th Ranger Battalion during Operation Just Cause. He received the Purple Heart Medal for injuries he sustained over in Iraq, He had Three Campaign Stars, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He loved to make people laugh. His nickname was Rangersmurf because he was 5’5 and an Army Ranger. He was an amazing person and so full of life. He loved hard and lived his life to the fullest. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

Major Taj Sareen graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2004 and joined the Marine Corps, being commissioned ...
10/15/2020

Major Taj Sareen graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2004 and joined the Marine Corps, being commissioned in 2005. Maj. Sareen was a F-18 pilot who previously deployed with VMFA-232 to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of OEF. He was an instructor at Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron (VMFAT) 101. His personal awards include two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Air Medal – Strike/Flight “5.” On this day in 2015, Maj. Sareen was returning home from a six-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve when his aircraft crashed in England. Reports indicate that Taj diverted the aircraft from a housing complex, with no time left to eject. Major Sareen left behind a 14-month old daughter named Jade. Taj was described by a friend as, “An iconic hero for all of us. He was just a great guy.” #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

Today, we celebrate the over 300,000 active duty and 100,000 reservists of the United States Navy, as well as the millio...
10/13/2020

Today, we celebrate the over 300,000 active duty and 100,000 reservists of the United States Navy, as well as the millions of Navy veterans who performed in service to our country. The central theme of this year's 245th birthday and heritage week will be "Victory at Sea," which encompasses the Navy's efforts in battle during World War II in the Pacific Theater. To all who sacrificed, served, and continue to serve, we say Thank You. #CarryTheLoad

Cpl Ian T. Zook stepped forward to serve in the United States Marine Corps, willingly. He wanted to wear the Eagle, Glob...
10/12/2020

Cpl Ian T. Zook stepped forward to serve in the United States Marine Corps, willingly. He wanted to wear the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor — the emblem of the USMC. Ian was in security forces, and deployed to Iraq in 2004. Ian volunteered to go to an area that was more dangerous. Six weeks after arriving in Iraq, Ian lost his life when their unit was ambushed. Ian’s best qualities were his caring and compassionate spirit. Ian protected the weak, being by their side and offering his strength. Ian met needs and from all of this he was a natural leader, stepping forward to do what was right.

CW2 Scott W Dyer served 19 years before passing on this day in 2006. Dyer graduated as the NCO Honor Graduate of his Ran...
10/11/2020

CW2 Scott W Dyer served 19 years before passing on this day in 2006. Dyer graduated as the NCO Honor Graduate of his Ranger Class, Honor Graduate of his Warrant Officer Class. He was married to his wife for 17 years with two children, Casey Aron and Sidney Nicole, and was awarded Valor and two Purple Hearts. The Scott Dyer Athletic Field in Carolina Lakes, North Carolina, Camp Dyer US Army in Afghanistan and a Special Forces Lounge in the Kandahar Airport have all been named after Scott and dedicated to his service. #AlwaysRemember #CarryTheLoad

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Carry The Load works to honor our nation's heroes 365 days a year! Stay up to date with our upcoming events calendar and learn how you can volunteer, participate, or support! www.carrytheload.org/events

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What started as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has grown to include more than just our military heroes and more than just the one holiday. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day.


  • 2011 Founded by Veteran U.S. Navy SEALs, Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley, Carry The Load's mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day featured a 20-hour and 11-minute Memorial March that took place on Memorial Day in Dallas.

  • 2012 Launched a National Relay, consisting of an East Coast Route from West Point to Dallas.

  • 2016 Added a West Coast Route from Seattle to Dallas.

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    This is what Christ did before he went to the cross. Do u know how to get to Heaven? U can pray this prayer to invite Jesus into your heart Dear Lord I know that I am a sinner and that I need forgiveness. I believe that Christ died in my place to pay the penalty for my sin and that He rose from the dead I now invite Jesus Christ to come into my life as my Savior thank u for making me your child 1) Pray to God everyday 2)Read the Bible 3)Tell somebody about Jesus 4)Find a Christian church that teaches the word.
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