By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Dozens of people were up early walking in memory of our fallen heroes. The “Carry the Load” walk took place in Philadelphia Thursday morning, with a stop at the Philadelphia Police 24th District.

The walk is in honor of military service members, first responders and their families.

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The sister of Lt. Travis Manion was among those who took part in the walk Thursday morning. Manion was a marine who was killed in Iraq in 2007. He grew up in Doylestown.

“To know that there are groups and organizations out there that are making sure that we bring awareness to these men and women, to these sacrifices that are being made, and I think at the end of the day it is about never forgetting,” said Manion’s sister.

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Among those being remembered is Marine Captain Samuel Schultz who was killed in a helicopter crash in April of last year. They also honored Michael J. Bernstein who served in the U.S. Navy and the Philadelphia Fire Department.

The 3,000 mile walk will culminate in Dallas, Texas, where walkers from across the country will meet there on Memorial Day weekend.

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The event also raises money for programs that provide care for veterans.