El Paso, Texas-- Since 2011 the nonprofit "Carry the Load" has been spreading its mission across the country with a 15,000-mile national relay to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day.
“I started off at the fire station and now I'm on my way to 'Up and Running' which is another mile and a half and my leg today is four miles,” said "Carry The Load" member Andy Medrano.
Medrano spent his day walking across the Borderland proudly waving his "Carry the Load" flag to honor and remember those who who laid their lives down for our freedom.
“Right now what we’re doing is actively engaging with the community and letting them remember that we need to remember our fallen heroes,” said Medrano.
"Carry the Load’s" mission to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day has grown into a national movement since its creation back in 2011 by two Veteran U.S. Navy SEALs. This year, the relay will be covering all 50 states.
“This is one of our stops from Seattle, Washington on our way to Dallas, Texas," said Medrano, "It’s good to be back in Texas because I'm from here and it’s a military community also.”
The response Medrano receives from drivers who pass him are mixed.
"Sometimes they ask us if we’re protesting, which we’re not," explained Medrano, "Other times they just honk and tell us they love us and encourage us to keep on going.”
Medrano's final stop on his relay in the Borderland was at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. He hopes the non profit’s mission gets across to those in our community just in time for Memorial day.
"Memorial Day is not just about bbq’s and parties," said Medrano, "It’s also about remembering our fallen heroes whether it be first responders, veterans and even their families.”
"Carry The Load" will make their next stop in Dallas.