LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A national charity is hoping to help the family members of servicemen and women this Memorial Day.
Carry The Load has sole purpose is to bring meaning to Memorial Day by honoring the sacrifices made by members of the military, law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families while serving our country and communities.
It is 27 days, 2,000 miles and one missing for Emily Reeves. She is this year's "load carrier" for Arkansas.
Reeves, director of digital innovation and research at Stone Ward, has the responsibility recruiting volunteers to participate and helping spread the word about the event.
Reeves' brother, Robert James Reeves, was a Navy SEAL on SEAL Team 6, who died on August 6, 2011 when the helicopter he was aboard was shot down in Afghanistan. He was among 38 men, 22 of which were SEALs, that died when the helicopter crashed, making it the single largest loss of life for the SEALs in its history.
Her brother was passionate about his work and always considered his teammates as his own brothers and remembered them day-to-day, but especially on Memorial Day. It was important to him that those who fought for our safety and security and gave their lives be honored properly
Carry The Load will be coming through Arkansas May 20-24 entering from Memphis at 6 p.m. on May 20 and exiting through Texarkana at 4 p.m. on May 24, with teams walking five-mile increments, 24-hours a day to complete the route.
The North Little Rock portion of the route will begin on May 21 at 4 p.m., and the Little Rock portion of the route will begin on May 21 at 8 p.m. on Riverfront Drive.
Emily plans to participate in as much of the Arkansas route as possible and then will go to Dallas for the Memorial Day weekend event to honor her brother, Rob.