Hey MOVERs and shakers! This Memorial Day MOVE is excited to be part of an event called Carry the Load that will honor and remember our fallen soldiers, first responders and the families involved. Katy and I are lucky to be best friends with a soldier, Eric Burnett, who has been in the military over 10 years and served in Iraq. He is now in the reserves as the General’s Aid and spends many weekends right here at Camp Mabry! We are constantly reminded of his service and cannot be more thankful to have him with us. This will be a special event for us as we “carry the load” in Eric’s honor, along with the many men he served with and lost in battle.
If you do not already have plans, come join us on May 25th for a Memorial Day celebration, demonstrations, and a mental and physical fortitude challenge. There will also be lots of fun things going on to keep the kids engaged, as well as a pavilion to rest under and relax. They have even set up a mock town and are going to reenact troops, SWAT, and first responders storming it from land, air and water with fake explosives! It should be really stinking cool!
If you would like to participate, MOVE has put together a team to “carry the load.” It is a 20 mile walk around a one mile loop, so you only have to commit to one mile at a time. Feel free to only walk one mile! Kids will love just being a part of it! You can carry a pack, sandbag, weight vest or simply the memory of a soldier. Katy and I will be wearing our weight vests and walking each mile together with Eric. This is not a race or a competition. It is an effort to remember the fallen and to raise awareness of what Memorial Day is all about. Learn more about the event on the Carry the Load Facebook Event Page or go ahead and join our team!
MOVE will also be raising money for the families of the fallen soldiers in Central Austin. Our goal is $3,000 in the next 30 days! We have already raised $150! If you cannot attend, we would love for you to donate and help us reach our goal. Thank you for being part of what makes MOVE so amazing, our generous community. And a HUGE thank you to all who have served and continue to serve!