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Carry The Load relay honors military, veterans and first responders

Dozens are walking and biking from New York to Dallas in honor of our nation's military.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Dozens are traveling through Columbia on May 11 to honor the sacrifices of America's military, veterans and first responders.

The walk is hosted by the non-profit Carry The Load

Credit: Carry The Load Team
Carry The Load March

On Saturday, they will be walking or biking more than 35 miles through the capital city, many carrying a memory of a fallen veteran or first responder with them.

Credit: Kayland Hagwood

This comes as part of a month-long campaign to recognize Memorial Day.

The relay started earlier this month in New York and will continue through Dallas with people joining in along the way. 

The Rufolo family is a military family stationed here in Columbia.

Credit: Kayland Hagwood
Emilea Rufolo and her grandfather

Eight-year-old Emilea Rufolo is walking for her grandpa and shared why she feels the walk is important.

"It's important to walk because you're honoring all the soldiers that have passed away in the war," Rufolo said.

It's not too late to join in on the march. Participants will be departing from the following locations Saturday, May 11:

  • Columbia Fire Dept. Station 34
    • 321 Elders Pond Dr.
    • 7:00 A.M.
  • Fort Jackson National Cemetery 
    • 4170 Percival Rd.
    • 9:00 A.M.
  • Big Lots 
    • 9221 Two Notch Rd. #30
    • 10 A.M.
  •  Food Lion
    • 3912 Two Notch Rd
    • 1:00 P.M.
  • Finlay Park
    • 930 Laurel St.
    • 3:00 P.M.
  • Food Lion
    • 1013 Broad River Rd .
    • 5:00 P.M.
  • Pivotal Fitness
    • 4350 St. Andrews Rd.
    • 7:00 P.M.
  • Irmo Fire District (Northlake Station)
    • 117 Lincreek Dr. 
    • 10:00 P.M.

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure times. 

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