DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of people are walking around the Katy Trail in Dallas on Memorial Day to ‘carry the load’ for military men and women. The annual event honors our heroes, and every participant has a story… a picture… a memory… and a reason that they choose to walk.

The event started on Sunday afternoon and lasts 20 hours and 14 minutes, ending at 12:30 p.m. Monday with a closing ceremony. Not everyone will walk that entire time, but many will. Each walker is taking steps to remember the people who gave their lives for this country.

Det. Frederick Frazier of the Dallas Police Department is walking with a picture of his grandfather who served in the Navy. “This is my grandpa’s casket flag. I have it in a display and it comes out this time of year,” Frazier remarked. “My grandpa did it for 31 years, so I feel like I can at least do something to give back for what he did.”

The event also raises money for charities that help veterans and their families. Last year, they raised more than $1 million. That dollar amount is expected to be even bigger this year.

Team Red, White & Blue is a national organization for veterans who served in all branches of the military. Their mission is to enrich the lives of veterans by getting them involved in the community. “A lot of people around me are veterans themselves, and some of us have family members, friends, who have died in the line of service,” explained team member Anna Thompson.

“I’m walking on behalf of Irving police officer Andrew Esparza,” Thompson added.

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