(WIS) - Members of the Marine Raider Memorial March passed through the Midlands on Saturday in part of a 900 mile journey through five states.
It's all to honor fifteen U.S Marines and one U.S Navy Corpsman that were killed in a KC-130 aircraft crash in Mississippi last July.
Morgan Zoufal lost her fiancé in that crash and is participating in the event. "You don't ever think you're going to wake up to that phone call," she said. "This is just something that's bringing us all together."
Ten teams of about three to four people march eight miles a leg and switch off for this 900 mile journey. The message behind it all is to bring their brothers back home on the voyage that they were unable to make.
"We're rucking from the crash site in searching point and just trying to bring our brothers home," one rucker said. "Every step we take is for them."
The group is about 600 miles in so far and has already marched through Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. One of their many stops in the state was in Monetta. They'll also head through Batesburg, Gilbert, and West Columbia on their ruck through SC.
"It essentially keeps their mind off of that one year mark which I think anyone that has lost a loved one is very familiar with," Director Nathan Harris said.
They plan to have the ruck done on Friday at the base of Camp Lejeune.
The last South Carolina stop will be in Myrtle Beach, but you still have time to catch them here in the Midlands before the end of the night.