NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas - The Carry The Load West Coast Relay team got some welcome relief from the heat and pavement along their cross-country journey Tuesday, and enjoyed some tubing time.

The group took off from 444 Tubing Company after a ceremony and dedication honoring wounded combat veterans. United States astronaut and retired Air Force Brigadier General Charles Duke also spoke to veterans there.

Some San Antonio supporters joined the core group that has traveled from Seattle. They will end their journey in Dallas just in time for a Memorial Day rally after 32 days on the road.

Carry The Load aims to spread the true meaning of Memorial Day by honoring fallen military members and first responders along the way. Relay participants carry memories with them as they walk, bike and tube.