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Carry the load aims to take back Memorial Day


Carry the Load-Austin will host a free event to celebrate Memorial Day.

Last year, more than 1,500 people participated in the event at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet.

The May 25 event features a 20.14-mile walk, in which people will “carry the load” in honor of a fallen hero. Teams or individual participants must preregister at This is not a race and participants can choose to walk the entire length or portions.

A military demonstration at 9 a.m. will showcase the capabilities of the Texas military, law enforcement and firefighters, including parachuting, helicopter water entry and advanced firefighting system demonstrations.

This family-friendly event also includes children’s activities such as fishing and nature education.

Funds raised will support local nonprofits serving veterans and their families: The Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Folds of Honor Foundation, Serve Who Serve, Wish For Our Heroes and F7.

Gates open at 7 a.m. Reveille Peak Ranch is at 105 County Road 114 in Burnet.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.