NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kathy Tyson(615) 207-4678ktyson@lavergnetn.govNATIONAL RELAY CARRY THE LOAD MAKES SPECIAL STOP IN LA...
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Lavergne, TN Welcomes Carry The Load National Relay Press Release: 05/10/13

  1. 1. NEWS RELEASE Contact: Kathy Tyson(615) 207-4678ktyson@lavergnetn.govNATIONAL RELAY CARRY THE LOAD MAKES SPECIAL STOP IN LA VERGNE, TNAS PART OF CROSS COUNTRY MISSION TO “TAKE BACK MEMORIAL DAY”LA VERGNE, Tenn. (May 10, 2013) —The city of La Vergne will welcome the national relay, CARRYTHE LOAD (CTL), an initiative (organized by the charity organization by the same name--Carry TheLoad) to unite Americans in a walk to honor those who have fallen in service to our country—veterans, service men and women, first responders, citizens and volunteers—to “carry the load” forthose who have and those who can no longer.Since departing West Point, NY, CARRY THE LOAD has been embraced by a supportive publicraising nearly $335,000 to date and welcoming more than 800 road warriors along the way. The thirdNYC leg dispatched from the Horse Soldiers Memorial (located at Ground Zero) with Fire CommissionerSalvatore Cassano, along with members of the NYC Fire Department and 9/11 family members, leadingthe way with mutually shared excitement to “regain” the meaning of Memorial Day. The City of LaVergne, TN welcomes CTL on Leg 231 in an extended overnight stop on Friday, May 17, 2013. CTLwill travel along Murfreesboro Road through to La Vergne between 8-10 a.m.“The message and mission of ‘Carry the Load’ really hits home to me. My 86 year-old Daddy servedin the South Pacific as a young Sailor during World War II, and my 26 year-old son is a young U.S.Army Reserve Soldier on active duty in Afghanistan. These Veterans are walking from West Point, NY,to Dallas, TX, to remind us of the real meaning of Memorial Day,” said Police Chief, Mike Walker.“I encourage all of LaVergne’s Veterans, as well as any Veteran to come out and participate in thisawesome event. All citizens who are not veterans should come to show their support to those whohave served, and those who are serving now. Be sure to wear your patriotic colors, and bring yourU.S. Flag with you! Let’s show the ‘Carry the Load Relay Team’ support like they have never seenbefore!”Citizens are encouraged to welcome the walkers by showing their patriotism – wearing red, white andblue and carrying U.S. flags. Parking will be available at businesses located along Murfreesboro Road andCity Hall. Additionally, residents can walk with the CARRY THE LOAD team by meeting on LillianBuchanan Drive next to the U.S. Post Office anytime after 5:30 p.m. From there, city officials, firefighters, police, representatives of Rolling Thunder, and others will converge with the walkers passingthrough at approximately 6:00 p.m.“It was such a huge honor last year to welcome Carry the Load as they passed through La Vergne. Weare absolutely elated that the city has been chosen again this year to host this courageous group ofmilitary personnel,” said Mayor, Senna Mosley. “Not only did they serve our country with dignity andcare, but they continue to give back to the families of soldiers who were lost while fulfilling their duty toour great nation. I am humbled to walk with them as they come through La Vergne.”Individuals, businesses and organizations may sponsor segment(s) of the relay in an effort to help familiesof fallen heroes. All funds raised will be donated to CARRY THE LOAD’s beneficiaries--Heroes OnThe Water, Snowball Express, Sons Of The Flag Burn Foundation, T.A.P.S. and Team Red, White
  2. 2. & Blue, and Tip Of The Spear--organizations focused on supporting military families. To register as aLoad Carrier /or/ demonstrate your support by sponsoring a portion of the Relay /or/ to donatedirectly to the campaign, please visit www.CarryTheLoad.org.2013 Carry The Load Market Stops Remaining:-Friday, May17 – McMinnville / Murfreesboro / LaVergne, TN-Saturday, May 18 – ARMED FORCES DAY) Nashville, TN-Sunday, May 19 – Linden / Perryville / Henderson, TN-Monday, May 20 – Memphis, TN-Tuesday, May 21– Little Rock, AR-Wednesday, May 22 –Benton / Hot Springs / Arkadelphia, AR-Thursday, May 23 – Prescott / Hope / Texarkana, AR-Friday, May 24 – Naples / Omaha / Mt. Pleasant / Mt. Vernon, TX-Saturday, May 25 – Sulphur Springs / Greenville / Royse City, TX-Sunday, May 26 – Dallas, TX-Monday, May 27 (MEMORIAL DAY) – Dallas, TXABOUT CARRY THE LOADFounded in 2011 by Clint Bruce and Stephen Holley (U.S. Naval Academy graduates and U.S. Navy veterans),CARRY THE LOAD is a non-profit [501(c)(3)] foundation organized to restore the meaning and purpose ofMemorial Day and recognize those who devoted their lives to protect us in defense of our nation, intolerable crimeand unforeseen tragedy and disaster.With the mission to engage Americans by challenging us to look beyond the contemporary three-day weekend (nowcustomarily observed and celebrated by back-yard barbeques furniture and mattress sales), CTL hopes to rejuvenatethe true meaning and purpose of the holiday—to honor those who served and died for our country and communityby participating in the National Relay and acknowledging Memorial Day throughout the entire month as “MemorialMay.”Originating in Dallas, TX, the 2011 inaugural event encompassed a 20-hour, 11-minute walk with more than 400participants. Elevating to a national level, the 2012 CARRY THE LOAD mapped out a 24/7 foot-powered nationalrelay—an initiative that was supported by more than 6,000 Americans who walked a route that began in West Point,NY, and continued across the nation over the course of 1,700 miles and 27 Days before landing in Dallas, TX, for aMemorial Day March.###CARRY THE LOAD NATIONAL RELAYMEDIA/PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT:Music City News Media & MarketingKat Atwood • KATwood@musiccitynews.com • 615-770-2994

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