Carrying the Load of Military and Veterans on Memorial Day
WESTFIELD, Ind.--You'll have a chance to show your support for people who have been in the military and have made sacrifices Monday in Westfield. At 5 a.m. in Quaker Park, Ron Russell will put on a backpack loaded with sand and brick, and walk 22 miles.
"The 22 stands for that on the average there are 22 veterans a that that commit suicide," he said. Russell is leading the Carry the Load Indy walk for the third time. It's part of a national walk that honors veterans.
Russell said he believes Memorial Day is a good time to remember the sacrifices.
"There's hurting people out there and there's veterans who come home that need help. I just want to honor those that gave their life for my freedom and my family's freedom and for the future of America," he said.
You don't have to walk 22 miles, or put on a backpack full of weight. But, Russell said the weight and the pain it causes his body, helps remind him of veterans and the pain they carry with them.
"I am purposefully doing as much as I can and taking myself to the limit and hopefully that pain will honor those who gave their life."
Russell said you can find out more about the Indiana walk at Facebook.com/carrytheloadindy.
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