Carry The Load

Participating in the Carry The Load walk through downtown Greenville Sunday was Hunt County Justice of the Peace David McNabb,  left, whose son, United States Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Henry McNabb was killed in a 2009 helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.

A crowd of area residents, including a Hunt County Justice of the Peace, participated Saturday in a long walk to support America’s veterans.

The East Coast Relay of the “Carry The Load” effort passed through the county and downtown Greenville on its way to its final destination in Dallas today. It is the fifth year the walk has appeared locally.

Martin Holsinger of Greenville was among the walkers who stopped near the intersection of Interstate 30 and Lee Street late in the morning.

“We picked it up about six miles back,” Holsinger said, adding it was his third year to take part in the event. “Some of us are also going to go into Dallas tomorrow.”

Carry The Load asks the question of “Who Are You Carrying?” For Holsinger and some of his friends also along for the ride, they walked in honor of the 3rd Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment.

Another member of the group was  Hunt County Justice of the Peace David McNabb, whose son, United States Army Staff Sgt. Shawn Henry McNabb was killed in a 2009 helicopter crash while serving in Afghanistan.

While in Hunt County, the relay also stopped at Ridgecrest Baptist Church, on to the Pilot Travel Center in Caddo Mills and the Royse City High School stadium at around 9 p.m. Saturday.

Carry the Load is a non-profit, founded by former Navy Seals to raise funds and awareness for veterans and their surviving families.

Organizers say Carry The Load was designed to rejuvenate the true meaning and purpose of the Memorial Day holiday as a way to honor those who served and died in service to the United States.

Additional information about the relay is available at the Carry The Load web site at carrytheload.org.

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