SAN DIEGO -- In preparation for Memorial Day, tens of thousands of people are walking across the country in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting our country and communities.
The march is part of the Carry the Load national relay and Thursday some of them were in San Diego.
The nonprofit was founded 7 years ago by two Navy SEALs that set out to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Their mission has expanded to include firefighters, Law enforcement and first responders.
The month-long relay is now referred to as Memorial May. One of its participants is the lone survivor of an elite firefighting team battling an Arizona wildfire just a few years ago.
"Nineteen of my brothers were killed in the fire. So, Carry the Load found me, took me in and has taken care of me along with their 25 partners that are part of the continuing care for veterans and first responders," said Brendan McDonough.
Thursday was day 14 of the relay. Saturday they will make their way towards Las Vegas and end the relay in Dallas Texas over Memorial Weekend.