Carrying the load through Athens

Carrying the load through Athens

Photo by: Andrew Davis Tucker

Navy fighter pilot Lt. Cmdr. Travis Mann (AB ’96) joined Carry the Load, a national organization that honors men and women in service, as it passed through Athens in mid-May. The relay to honor fallen heroes began in West Point, N.Y., passed through 240 cities and covered 1,700 miles in 27 days. While in Athens, the relay also included the family of former Athens-Clarke County Senior Police Officer Elmer “Buddy” Christian, who was killed in the line of duty in 2011. In this photo, Mann walks with Callie Christian, 7, and Wyatt Christian, 4, Buddy Christian’s children, and their grandmother Paulette Watkins.