Carry the Load returns to Lake Placid Sunday

Stuart Hemsley, right, and Andrew Quinn of Lake Placid step off from Mid’s Park to walk the perimeter of Mirror Lake as part of the third annual Carry The Load Memorial Day weekend event in Lake Placid in 2017. (Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

LAKE PLACID — Carry the Load will continue its now annual Memorial Day weekend presence in Lake Placid this year on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Its mission remains to walk, bike or paddle around Mirror Lake in honor of the fallen to restore the true meaning of Memorial Day.

Participation in this free family event, which is a satellite of Carry the Load’s national rallies across the U.S., is open to all. The walk provides an active way to honor and celebrate the nations’ heroes by connecting Americans to the sacrifices made by military veterans, law enforcement, firefighters, rescue personnel and their families.

The event will step off from Mid’s Park at 11 a.m. After a brief ceremony, walkers, bikers and paddlers are encouraged to take one or more counter-clockwise laps around the lap until 1 p.m., at which time there will be a free concert at the Mid’s Park bandshell in the center of Main Street with Bradley Hester of Annie in the Water.

From 2 p.m. until the end of the event at 3 p.m., those gathered will be encouraged to take a final loop around the lake.

Last year, local Lake Placid resident Ryan “Smiley” Grady participated with the cross-country rally that started on May 1 and continued until Memorial Day. Grady was walking and biking from West Point Military Academy to the rally’s end in Dallas, Texas, to raise awareness and respect for Memorial Day’s true meaning.

More information can be found on the “Carry the Load-Lake Placid, NY” Facebook page.