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Arkadelphia can help Carry the Load on May 24

A group of dedicated survivors walking across the United States will make Arkadelphia a stopping point along their national relay.

Carry The Load, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to revive the true meaning of Memorial Day, will walk through Arkadelphia en route to Dallas on Wednesday, May 24. The group made Arkadelphia part of its route in 2022 as they spent nearly a month walking from Vermont to Texas.

Participants of the 2022 Carry the Load national relay walk along West Pine Street. The nonprofit organization will be returning to Arkadelphia en route to Dallas on Wednesday, May 24, and local residents are encouraged to join or cheer them along their way. | File photo/The Arkadelphian

Clark County residents can participate in this year’s event.

Carry The Load will arrive at Cliff Harris Stadium at 11 a.m., depart the arena at noon and travel south down 8th Street to Caddo Street, then walk west on Caddo Street to the Pine Plaza parking lot, in front of Brookshire’s, by 1 p.m. The group will leave at 1:30 p.m.

“We need folks at the beginning and along the route,” said Julie Lacy, City of Arkadelphia’s community engagement and special events director. “They can walk the route, too, and then cheer them on at the end at Brookshire’s. We would love to have Arkadelphia and Clark County support them along the way.”

The team visiting Arkadelphia is one of five routes that traverse all 48 continental states in 32 days, a collective distance of some 20,000 miles.

The organization says the national relay “provides an active way to connect Americans to the sacrifices of our military, veterans, first responders and their families.”

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