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'Carry The Load' completes 2,000 mile journey honoring vets

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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Memorial day is bittersweet for some students from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College as a journey has ended. 20 students walked from New York to Dallas, honoring fallen heroes with each step.

20 ABAC students learned the true meaning of Memorial Day while walking or bicycling 2,000 miles.

"I thought I knew what Memorial Day was before this campaign, and then they told me about carry the load," recalled Kristoff Cohran. "And I thought I knew what that was and what it would really mean but you can't understand what those two things are until you experience this relay."

The vision of Carry The Load National Relay is to raise money and honor our military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel.

"The most fun was when I crossed over the George Washington bridge in a rainstorm," said Rodney Troup. "It was a bit of a challenge not knowing how to ride a mountain bike exactly [and] changing gears, but I learned coming through Texas."

Students say they were touched by the stories they heard from people they met along the way.

"These people [that can] say they are really proud of their son or daughter that have been killed in Afghanistan and not be bitter is heartwarming," said Cohran. "And it makes you not want to complain about anything you're going through. It's been a phenomenal life changing experience for me".

Cohran says the best way to see America is on foot.

"You see every little detail in each state on foot and it's just been an amazing experience that I probably wouldn't have gotten if it wasn't for Carry The Load."

The national relay proceeds go to non-profit organizations helping our heroes and their families in need.

For more information, visit www.carrytheload.org.

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