Memorial Day Weekend Dallas TX Carry The Load Honoring Our Heroes 2016

 The Carry The Load organization keeps the Memorial Day weekend
and its true meaning to the forefront with its mission to
help those who serve our nation.  


Carry the Load is an organization that helps first responders, veterans, service members and their families.  The event raises money and shares the true spirt of this holiday weekend.

The Dallas Memorial March is a 20-hour 16-minute Memorial Day event honoring service members and their families for the sacrifices they make. You can join in the Memorial March at any time during the 20 hours and walk even for just a few minutes. You do not have to carry a weighted pack.

The event takes place at Reverchon Park and on the Katy Trail in Dallas. Address:3505 Maple Ave, Dallas, Texas 75219. Alcohol will be for sale within the confines of the event; therefore, it can only be consumed via purchase from the authorized vendor.

SCHEDULE  View a more Detailed Schedule

  • Sunday, May 29 - gates open to the public 12:00 pm (noon)
  • Sunday, May 29 - Opening Ceremony 3:00 pm
  • Sunday, May 29 - Walk Start 4:00 pm
  • Monday, May 30 - Walk Finish 12:16 pm
  • Monday, May 30 - Closing Ceremony 12:30 pm


General Parking will be available at the Gaedeke garage at 2501 Maple Ave. Volunteer parking will be available at Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital located at 2222 Welborn Street Dallas, Texas 75219. Surrounding neighborhood parking is also available within walking distance of Reverchon Park. Carpooling is strongly encouraged! View the Parking Map at the bottom of the Event Map page. The garage directly across Maple from the park is ONLY for Load Carriers with a special pass obtained at packet pick-up.



The top teams who raise more than $5000 (as of Friday, May 27th at midnight) will receive a tailgate area pass. The tailgate area will be near the entrance of the park. Spaces will be marked off for you to bring your pop-up tent and your coolers/tables/chairs. Please do not bring individual grills for your tent. We are working to have a grill and grill master in the Tailgate Area who will be serving all Tailgaters.

  • Only the plot space is provided for you (not tables/chairs/tent). Feel free to bring any lawn games to add to the fun atmosphere.
  • Tailgate holders can bring one 10'x10' pop up tent per space (plots are 12'X12').
  • Tents must have sufficient anchoring into the grass or with weights.
  • Plan to have a designated team member to keep an eye on your valuables throughout the event.

Set up

  • One parking pass will be issued per tailgate plot, this pass can be used for one vehicle to enter (and remain in) the park during the set up time.
  • Curbside unloading and VIP parking access is available only between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm Sunday May 29th.
  • Once you have unloaded, Tailgate check-in volunteers will help you locate your tailgate plot.

Vehicle Access 

  • Once parked during the 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, Sunday May 29th set-up time, you will not be able to leave the parking lot until after 5:30 pm due to event road closures.
  • If you will need to use your vehicle prior to 5:30pm on Sunday May 29th, please park in surrounding legal parking areas.

Timeline for Tailgate Access on Turtle Creek (Sunday, May 29th)

  • 7:00 am - 10:00 am Early drop-off/setup - For tailgaters wanting to set up early and avoid the rush, you will be able to drop off and set up during this period. Please be aware that there will be no support for unloading/hauling/parking during this time, but there will be a member of the staff to help direct you.
  • 10:00 am - 12:30 pm No Access - Due to the vendor's needs for access during this time, there will be no access from Turtle Creek.
  • 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Full Access - Tailgaters will have full access to the tailgate drop off point from Turtle Creek. This will include valet service for both vehicles and supplies/gear.
  • 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm No Access  - Turtle Creek access is unavailable during this time due to the event kick-off. The alternate drop-off point during this time is at the Recreation Center circle drive (500 feet to the west on Maple Ave)
  • 5:30 pm -7:00 pm Limited Access - with the exception of the vehicle valet service, access with assistance is restored on Turtle Creek

Further questions on Tailgating? Contact John Reed at

EVENT T-SHIRTS will NOT be available at packet pick-up. If you purchased an event t-shirt during the registration process, you will pick it up at the merchandise tent during the event.

PACKET PICK-UP (For Load Carriers Only)

Click here for Load Carrier Info Sheet

If you have raised $200 or more on your personal fundraising page, you are invited to pick up your Load Carrier Shirt and meal wristband at packet pick-up. Load Carrier packet pickup at Gold's Gym


Lisa Von Domek


Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates, LLC / Real Living Real Estate Group 
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Comment balloon 25 commentsLisa Von Domek • May 28 2016 05:15AM


Happy Saturday Lisa Von Domek,  as always something happening in your area.  Hope the weather is not rain

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 4 years ago

Hi Lisa, great area blog post...I agree with Will...I hope the rain goes away for a while with you.

Posted by Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty, Florida Space Coast Homes (Waves Realty) over 4 years ago

And a Happy Saturday to you as well Will Hamm - Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Thank you Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 we do hope the rain does not put a damper on the tribute events to our heroes.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Lisa,  My reaction was WOW ... how cool to be able to join in the March anytime during the 20 hours and 16 minutes ... such a meaning march for a great cause.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) over 4 years ago

Hi Lisa - this is the most expansive event I have seen yet.  I hope you break way past your goal.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 4 years ago

Lisa Von Domek This event is great way to honor & support those that served, are serving and their families.  Yes, I hope it does not rain on the event.  As I said yesterday you can send up north.  

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) over 4 years ago

Lisa is the weather going to cooperate long enough for the activities to go on???

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 4 years ago

It is a wonderful national event to honor our Heroes Kathleen Daniels !

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Isn't it a wonderful event Grant Schneider I will post the final numbers when they become available!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

I am saying a prayer that Monday's weather will be fair for this (and all) of the wonderful events for our Heroes on Monday Mary Yonkers 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Saying prayers (and crossing my fingers) that it will George Souto 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Carry the load is a good way to get everyone involved. I have a feeling it will be a huge success!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 4 years ago

Lisa Von Domek Thank you! Happy Memorial Day weekend to you and everyone as well!

Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) over 4 years ago

Good morning Lisa. We are heading out later this morning to a local parade, my mind always gets lost in thought about those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

This is good information to share. Have a great day and an outstanding week.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

My reblogs and my blog for this morning were not posted at the scheduled times. If you have scheduled blogs or reblogs, you might need to manually post them.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

I believe there will be a huge turn-out for the Carry The Load event here in Dallas Patricia Feager despite the dreary weather

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

I am pleased that you liked this Memorial Day post John Pusa 

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

I agree Joe Petrowsky it can be difficult to fathom just what our Heroes have been through in the name of Freedom.  We owe them more than we can ever re-pay.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Thank you Roy Kelley and hopefully the AR glitches will be resolved after the holiday weekend.

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Lisa, looks like an excellent event for this Memorial Day celebration.   Hope many participate. 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 4 years ago

Hello Lisa ...

Wonderful post, how fun and Happy Memorial Day my friend 

Photography by Robert Swetz

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 4 years ago

My daughter has done a lot to raise funs for coworkers families when she's had a work family loss.  

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

They are our frontline and need to be honored and remembered too. This is a great cause.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties, The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730 (Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070) over 4 years ago

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