Carry the Load with Team TAPS

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Locations Across the U.S.

Join your TAPS family during this very moving and inspiring memorial month as we honor our heroes nationwide during Carry the Load.


TAPS Carry the Load Participants


How Can You Participate?

There are several ways you can participate and honor your fallen hero. Join one of the relay routes near your city or town, join others at one of Rally Cities, join the finish at the Dallas Memorial March, or at a relay location with TAPS Togethers and honor your fallen loved one with every step. Be sure to wear your TAPS gear/attire and TAPS photo buttons, as you honor your heroes during these events.


Where Can You Participate?

The TAPS Family will be participating along the five National Relay Routes and Rally Cities and at 27 TAPS Togethers events.


TAPS Togethers

We are featuring 27 locations where you can join TAPS Staff and Volunteers as we connect and honor the sacrifices made daily by our military, veterans, first responders and their families. Get details about each relay and register to participate for these locations:


Five National Relay Routes

  • West Coast
    Begins Thursday, April 27 in Seattle, Washington
    209 Locations from Thursday, April 27 to Sunday, May 28
  • Mountain States
    Begins Tuesday, May 16 in Minot, North Dakota
    74 Locations from Tuesday, May 16 – Sunday, May 28
  • Midwest
    Begins Saturday, May 6 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
    169 Locations from Saturday, May 6 – Sunday, May 28
  • New England
    Begins Wednesday, May 3 in Burlington, Vermont
    190 Locations from Wednesday, May 3 – Sunday, May 28
  • East Coast
    Begins Monday, May 1 in West Point, New York
    220 Locations from Monday, May 1 – Sunday, May 28

The culmination of the five relay routes will happen on Sunday, May 28 in Dallas, Texas, at the Dallas Memorial March. Our TAPS Dallas Care Group will take part in this special conclusion of this “Memorial May” event honoring all of our fallen heroes.


How to Register

Register with Carry the Load to participate in one of the five national routes. Join your TAPS family, along with Carry the Load, as we honor the legacy of our loved ones. You can also email for questions or more information.

*Please note although there is a fundraising component, fundraising is NOT required to participate. However, we do ask that you register on the website to join the team so we know you are participating with us.


Share Your Experience With Us

As you honor your fallen heroes and carry them with you, we invite you to share pictures of your memorial activity or walk and any thoughts that this inspiring event may bring out. Photos can be emailed to or post them to your social media channels and tag us @tapsorg.


What is Carry the Load?

For many years TAPS and survivors across the country have participated in Carry the Load, a national relay bringing Americans together in honor our nation’s heroes. What originally started as a Memorial Day event has grown into “Memorial May” — a month-long series of activities that kicks off at the end of April and concludes on Memorial Day.


Partnership Info

TAPS is proud to once again be an official non-profit partner with Carry the Load in this moving memorial event. We have been an honored partner since their first inaugural event, and look forward to observing their 11th anniversary with them this May.

For more information OR if you would like to be a TAPS Team Lead in one of the Rally Cities along the five National Routes, please contact