Couple carries U.S. flag for awareness

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

Ryan and Emily Long are bringing an American flag cross the country to raise money for the Green Beret Foundation. They had already walked more than 18 miles by 6 p.m. tuesday evening.

"Yeah, pretty tired at this point," said Ryan. "Highway 77 went right though the middle of the Arbuckles so there's about a two mile mountain in there."

A mountain that's much harder to cross when carrying a 40 pound rucksack full of bricks.

The Longs are taking part in a national challenge. Goruck--the maker of the military-style rucksacks they're carrying--is asking volunteers to carry the rucksacks and the Flag for long distances and then pass them on to the next volunteers.

"It's going to be right at, I believe, twenty five miles when we stop give or take a little," said Ryan. "That's the plan anyways."

As they've labored on their way from Ardmore to Davis the Longs have collected donations for the Green Berets. Ryan is a former Marine who works as a firearms instructor for the United States Shooting Academy. He knows the importance of our military while Emily said Oklahomans have been generous.

"We didn't look at it, we just saw a bunch of money in the pack," said Emily. "Today some guy gave him a twenty dollar bill without even thinking about it."

The Longs will continue making their way down this winding road tonight -- Flag in hand -- for a worthy cause.

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