Carry the Load tour to visit Huntsville on May 22 – The Madison Record

HUNTSVILLE – The Carry the Load initiative will visit several sites in Huntsville on May 22.

The national tour stop in Huntsville will honor the nation’s heroes and bring Memorial Day back to life.

A nonprofit organization, Carry The Load provides an active way for Americans to connect with the sacrifices made daily by service members, veterans, first responders and their families. The organization began in 2011 as a mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day, but the focus has now grown to honor the nation’s heroes, 365 days a year. (

Two veterans of the United States Navy or veterans of the Navy, Air and Land organized Carry the Load. The organization’s visit to Huntsville is part of its “Memorial May” itinerary.

Fifty states and 29 countries will host the tour, which concludes in Dallas, Texas on Memorial Day weekend. Funds raised will support Carry The Load’s awareness, continuum of care and education programs that help address the many challenges facing military personnel today.

In Huntsville on May 22, a welcoming ceremony will encourage attendees from 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial. The public is invited to attend, according to Julie Kink of the Memorial Monument Committee with Alabama Gold Star Families.

Huntsville relay stops include College Plaza Shopping Center, 4701 Meridian Street N, 2:30 to 3 p.m. Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial, 200 Monroe Street NW 4:30 to 5 p.m. Dick’s Sporting Goods, 2718 Carl T. Jones Drive SE, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Publix Supermarket, 12796 Bailey Cove Road SE, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

“Members of the public who wish to join the walkers for any stage of the route are encouraged to register on the website, (Participants) are encouraged to wear a photo of someone they are “carrying the load for,” Kink said.

Huntsville is just one stop in the organization’s 32-day, 15,500-mile relay across America. Carry The Load is partnering with the Woody Williams Foundation to include as many Gold Star family memorials as possible. Alabama’s first Gold Star Families Memorial was dedicated to the Huntsville-Madison County Veterans Memorial in 2020.

Navy SEALs Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley founded Carry The Load to provide an active way to honor and remember our nation’s heroes. Audio and video PSA, messages, fact sheets and background facts are available at news.carrytheload.orghttp: //

Carry the Load is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. For more information, call 214-723-6068 or visit

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