WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - About 200 Texomans who have served and are serving in our military marched for miles with thousands of pounds of goods on Saturday.
It was all to help our veterans who need it most. The North Texas Veterans Relief Fund hosted the event in Wichita Falls which organizers said they hope will become an annual tradition.
The national anthem played to kick off the first-ever March of Honor where participants marched 10 miles from east side Wichita Falls on 7th street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to Sheppard Air Force Base and back.
Each person carried at least 25 pounds worth of goods for homeless veterans.
Tysheem Carter joined the US Air Force, and the muck march, after being inspired by his grandfather and uncle who both served in the military.
"They showed me great respect when I told them I wanted to serve as well so it's only right that I do it for them," Carter said.
He said it is something his grandfather would love to do.
"He was very big into giving back to others who served as well," Carter said.
Other servicemen felt the same way Carter did.
"It's a really great way for us to give back and have a good time so it was an easy decision," USAF Tech Sgt. J.D. Brown said.
Brown said helping veterans is what Texoma does best.
"I've been in Wichita Falls since August and this city just loves the military."
The outpour of support was overwhelming for the event organizer Virginia Orellano.
"I couldn't imagine this," Orellano said. "It's wonderful."
More than $5,500 dollars was raised and almost a ton of food was donated to the NTVRF an organization that helps homeless veterans.
Another project NTVRF is working to complete is their Tiny Home Project which will give small one-bed and bath homes to homeless veterans.
You can find more information and ways to donate by clicking on this link.