Agent Edward Slater Counts It a Privilege to “Carry the Load” in Remembrance of Fallen Heroes


Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Edward Slater never served in the military. But you wouldn’t know it. His empathy, admiration, respect and passion for those who have runs deep, and he has spent the last three years making sure others are aware of the contributions and sacrifices of servicemen/women and first responders through his involvement with Carry the Load (CTL).

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Carry The Load is a non-profit dedicated to re-reminding us that Memorial Day isn’t a national cookout day or a retail sale event. They provide ways to honor the countless military, law enforcement, firefighters and rescue personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping our country safe, including the National Relay, a walk-across-America awareness effort. The bi-coastal relay event runs throughout the month of May leading up to Memorial Day, and will end here in Dallas on Memorial Day weekend. The West Coast team started in Seattle on April 27, and the East Coast team in Boston on May 1. When all is said and done, the two relay teams will have covered 6,600 miles in 32 days.

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Edward’s involvement started when he tried to demonstrate his heartfelt appreciation by secretly buying a meal for an active duty soldier sitting near him and his family. He — and his kids — liked it so much he decided to make it a regular thing.

Eventually Edward met CTL’s Clint Bruce at a local CrossFit, and, after hearing the co-founder’s story of wanting to “Carry the Load” for fallen brothers and sisters, started channeling his growing passion into helping the non-profit. Since 2011 his involvement has gradually grown, to the point where he has served on the Dallas CTL board the last three years.

Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Edward Slater (right) with Stephen Holley of Republic Title, father of Carry the Load co-founder Stephen Holley
Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate Agent Edward Slater (right) with Steve Holley of Republic Title, father of Carry the Load co-founder Stephen Holley.

Since 2011, more than 75,000 Americans have participated and helped to raise more than $6 million. Based on the number of National Relay teams, local events and sponsors signed up to date, CTL is expecting to greatly exceed those numbers this year.

There is a local component to Carry the Load. The Dallas Memorial March is a 20-hour 16-minute Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families for the sacrifices they make. Anyone is welcome to join Edward on the Memorial March at any time during the 20 hours and walk even for just a few minutes. Carrying a weighted pack is not a requirement.

During the 2015 Dallas Memorial March, the pack makes its way along the Katy Trail for a 20-hour and 15-minute journey
During the 2015 Dallas Memorial March, the pack makes its way along the Katy Trail for a 20-hour and 15-minute journey
During the 2015 Dallas Memorial March, the pack makes its way along the Katy Trail during its 20 hour and 15-minute journey
During the 2015 Dallas Memorial March, the pack makes its way along the Katy Trail during its 20 hour and 15-minute journey

If you would like to participate in the Dallas Memorial March by either starting a team, joining one, volunteering or donating to the cause, please contact Edward or visit Carry the Load’s website.

 

 

Memorial Day is Just 2 Weeks Away; Who Will You Be Carrying That Day?


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The 2014 edition of the Dallas Memorial March began along Turtle Creek Boulevard.

To many people, Memorial Day is just an excuse for a three-day party. But others recall its true purpose: remembering people who died while serving in our nation’s armed forces.

The goal of Carry The Load is to get more people to observe the holiday’s true meaning. The Dallas-based nonprofit hosts a series of events in which participants march while carrying something as light as a photograph or as heavy as an equipment bag — the weight doesn’t matter, as long as the marcher honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“It’s one small way we can give back to our nation’s finest — not just our military, but our police officers and firefighters as well,” said Edward Slater, a Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate agent who serves on Carry The Load’s board of directors.

Carry The Load has raised $4.4 million since launching in 2011. Funds go to a series of nonprofit beneficiaries such as the Gratitude Initiative and the Assist the Officer Foundation. Donations are welcome, but participants can also raise money by having friends and family members sponsor their march.

The National Relay — a 2,000-mile, on-foot journey to Dallas — began last week in West Point, N.Y. In a few days, Slater will participate in the Atlanta-to-Chattanooga leg.

The Dallas Memorial March will take place during a 20-hour, 15-minute span May 24-25 in Reverchon Park and on the Katy Trail.

Participants can walk as little or as far as they would like, and they can carry as little or as much as they want. There are no obligations to walk any specific distance or carry any certain amount of weight. This event is simply an outward expression of our appreciation for those who have served all of us … past, present, and future.

“I’d love to see as many people on the Katy Trail as possible on Memorial Day,” Slater said. “Forgive me if I don’t have much to say that weekend, as I’ll be carrying quite a load myself, but know that you’ll have my appreciation.”

To support Slater’s participation in Carry The Load, click here.

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Firefighters were among the participants marching on the Katy Trail last year.