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Memorial Day starts early in Tifton

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Over 1,500 participants walked at ABAC Thursday for Carry the Load. They honored the fallen military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel that made the ultimate sacrifice.

The national relay will go from New York to Dallas. Students from ABAC will be walking and riding for 27 days.

Who are you carrying? "My father was in the Air force. I have an uncle that also served in the military one that served in Vietnam so I really want to do this to bring memory and honor to all of those that have served in our military," said Matt Fryman.  

"We thought this was a great opportunity to impress upon our students how we can take a moment to honor and memorialize those in the military, law enforcement, first responders and fire fighters" said Kim Bridges.  

"I've never really thought about what memorial day actually meant and been a part of carry the load it made me sit down and think about how grateful I am to be able to enjoy these freedoms that people are fighting for every day," said Demarcus Bateman.

ABAC raised over $7,000 and hope to raise at least 1/2 million. Proceeds will go to TAPS, Snowball Express and Team Red and Blue.

Students will be covering 2000 miles ending in Dallas on Memorial Day with a huge celebration. We will keep you informed along their route, checking in with our local team.

For more information on how you can get involved and for more on Carry The Load, it's history and future visit www.carrytheload.org

 

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