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Posted by AT&T California Team on May 24, 2017.

Why I Carry The Load

Enjoying a day away from the office with a few hot dogs, cold drinks and a lot of sun makes for a great Memorial Day, but that isn’t exactly what the day is all about.

In 2003, AT&T employee Matt Foster left his family, friends and future wife for an active duty deployment in the United States Army. His Forward Operating Base (FOB) would often go on “Comms Blackout,” usually meaning a soldier on his FOB had been killed or seriously injured and their family was being officially notified.

It’s that experience that led him to get involved with Carry The Load. Carry The Load works to bring all Americans together to participate in honoring our nation’s heroes every day. This includes a national, 6,200-mile relay where veterans and citizens honor those heroes’ sacrifice and take a turn experiencing the weight of a rucksack. All of the money raised at this event goes directly to support Carry The Load’s Continuum of Care program where partner charities are on the front lines to help those heroes and their families who have given so much to this country.

At AT&T, we know our nation’s service men and women make sacrifices to protect our country and our freedoms. As a company, it is an honor to support them. As a sponsor of this year’s Carry The Load, AT&T is proud to stand behind all participants across the country. Learn more about how to get involved and see the full relay route from coast to coast here.

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12 Comments

Andre Ost  496 days ago

Thanks for protecting us. May God always be with you and protect you.


Johnny Rivera  506 days ago

I am very proud & grateful to all past,present and future service personnel who choose to serve our great Country today and tomorrow.....My hope is our Nation will remember the fallen service personnel in their prayers on M-day.Thanks for all you do to keep ourrr Country free.....HO-YA.


Susana Soto  508 days ago

Thank you to all Military men and women who serve our country past and present. Your commitment and sacrifice to keep our country safe and secure is truly appreciated.. I'm truly grateful that my loved ones all came back from WWII, Vietnam and Iraq and I honor all those who did not.


Marybeth Dyer  508 days ago

#whyICarryTheLoad A special thanks to everyone in my family who have served our country in the military and as first responders. I am extremely grateful for your commitment and bravery. I am also remembering all those men and women who did come home in support of our freedom. I am thankful for your sacrifice and remember you all on this Memorial Day.


Mike Sulme  508 days ago

I just would like to thank all the men and women that serve our country so we all can be free.. I want to thank MY Uncle Pat and Richard who gave the ultimate sacrifice their lives during battle, you will never be forgotten. Know this Memorial Day is in your honor and for all that sacrificed their lives. Thank You!!


Karen Green  508 days ago

Thank you to all our military heros out that put themselves on the line for all of us!My nephew is on the USS Carl Vinson, and my thoughts and prayers go out to all of them!


Brigette Morton  508 days ago

Thank you to all who have served & are serving. I come from a long line of family of all military branches of servicemen/women and vets. I, myself, am married to a Navy active duty and he was deployed overseas for a year, he only got to fly back home for the birth of our son, our first child, just a few months ago. It is incredibly tough to do life without your partner but proud of him for not only being our hero but also protecting our country & what we stand for. Thank you & we are honored for their continued service.


Danny Gowen  508 days ago

Thanks for helping carry the load of those in need.


Christina Kuse  508 days ago

As a granddaughter and daughter of veterans, I want to take a minute to thank each and every one of the military men and women who have served/are serving this country. I have the highest respect for each and every one of you. Thank you for all that you do for the United States of America.


Susan A Hughes  509 days ago

I support our troops both active and inactive as they stand for bravery and commitment and truly represent have represented our country with honor both past and present. I wish I knew how to et involved with Carry The Load in Southern California. Even if it was to support a rider as they passed by. We need to do what we can to keep our military in the forefront this country so the commitment that we have to these brave soldiers.


Rene Quintero  509 days ago

Monday, May 29th Clovis Hills Military Ministry is hosting the Carry the Load, 10K Walk, at 7am. Clovis Hills is located at 10590 N. Willow Ave. Clovis Ca., on the North East corner of Willow and International. It is FREE to participate in this walk.The walk will follow the Clovis Old Town Trail in Clovis, CA. The meeting point will be at Clovis Hills Community Church, and the walk will begin on the Clovis Hills campus. The walk will follow the trail to Teague Ave. we will head east to Buchanan High School, which will serve as our turn around point. While at Buchanan High School we will have a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Memorial Garden, the Memorial Garden honors the eight Buchanan High School Alumni who lost their lives defending our freedom in the war on terrorism. We will then return to the Clovis Hills campus and enjoy a pancake breakfast and entertainment. This year’s walk will pay special tribute to the Fresno County Sheriff Department Law Enforcement Personnel, Veterans and Active Military Reserves with special guest speaker Sheriff Margaret Mims!The purpose of this walk is to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by connecting Americans to the sacrifices of our Military, Law Enforcement, Firefighters, and Rescue Personnel. This is the fourth year that Clovis Hills Military Ministry will be hosting the Carry the Load 10K walk. Post walk festivities include a free pancake breakfast, raffle prizes, live entertainment and the Central California Garrison (501st Legion, Star Wars costuming organization.)To sign up for the CTL 10K walk or donate go to carrytheload.org/clovis and help bring back the True Meaning of Memorial Day.


Arlene T, Du Boc Ali  509 days ago

First, I want to personally thank all Military Service man and women for their Service!!! I am from a family of many who served for our Country and to ensure/guard our Freedom.Please know that the sacrifices you make go unnoticed.Again thank you and know this Memorial Day you are HONORED!!!!