It's been almost three years since the Yarnell Hill fire where 19 hotshots firefighters lost their lives.
Today hundreds of people are walking to honor and raise awareness for our fallen first responders and military members.
The lone survivor of the Yarnell Fill fire Hotshot crew spoke to Fox 10's Courtney Griffin about the relay taking place across the country.
Taking place this month happening on both sides of the country
“It's roughly about 27 days…the west coast relay is 4,300 miles.”
Dozens of people joined the Phoenix portion by walking five miles to Chase Field to honor and remember our fallen first responders.
“It's a true event…the miles speak so much to what we're raising awareness for, veterans, fire, police and EMS.
Brendan McDonough is leading Carry the Load through Phoenix.
He says the organization helped him get through a very difficult time in his life.
McDonough is the lone survivor of the granite mountain hotshot crew.
His crew consisted of the 19 firefighters who were killed in the Yarnell Hill fire in June 2013.
“Three years ago, almost three years ago, I lost 19 of my brothers, and for a long time I was lost,” McDonough said. “I was depressed, suffering from PTSD and I just didn't have a purpose.”
He says walking with and for others is what makes Carry the Load so special.
“It’s been an amazing event for me to honor my brothers and carry their legacy on and all of our public service men and women whether it's in any field of service.”
The walk helps restore the true meaning of Memorial Day and they're calling this month Memorial May.
The walk ends in Dallas, Texas May 30.
McDonough also walked five miles yesterday in Prescott, completing that portion of the relay.
To find out more about the organization, or to walk with them, visit carrytheload.com.