Carry The Load Relay Arrives in Huntsville to ‘Make the Significance of Memorial Day’

A national relay to honor our nation’s heroes and “make Memorial Day stand out” will stop in Huntsville this week.

Carry the load, a nonprofit organization founded 10 years ago by two veterans of the US Navy SEALS, is visiting Huntsville as part of its “Memorial May” itinerary. The goal is to get Americans to understand the true meaning of Memorial Day, through events in 50 states and 29 countries, culminating in Dallas, Texas on Memorial Weekend.

Funds raised support Carry The Load’s awareness, continuum of care and education programs, which help address the many challenges facing serving military personnel, veterans, first responders and their families.

A brief welcoming ceremony to encourage participants will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 22 at the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial. The public is welcome.

Huntsville is just a stop on a 32-day, 15,500-mile national relay across America. The Huntsville relay stops on Saturday May 22 are:

  • College Plaza Shopping Center, 4701 Meridian Street N (Arrival around 2:30 p.m. and departure 3:00 p.m.)
  • Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial, 200 Monroe Street NW (Arrive around 4:30 p.m. and depart 5:00 p.m.)
  • DICK’S Sporting Goods, 2718 Carl T Jones Drive SE (arrival around 6.30pm and departure 7.00pm)
  • Publix Super Market at Mountain Cove Crossing, 12796 Bailey Cove Road SE (arrival around 9:30 p.m. and departure 10 p.m.)

Members of the public wishing to join the walkers for any section of the route are invited to register on the website,, and are encouraged to carry a photo of someone for whom they “bear the burden”.

Carry The Load is partnering with the Woody Williams Foundation to include as many Gold Star family memorials as possible on its nationwide tour. Alabama’s first Gold Star Families Memorial was dedicated to the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial in 2020.

For more information on Carry The Load, to register to participate or to donate, visit

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