They crossed the finish line carrying thirty- to fifty-pound ruck sacks, holding flags honoring Vietnam vets and POWs and MIAs, wearing red, white, and blue tutus, or — in one especially notable case — breathing through a gas mask.

Forty-six marchers chose to spend their holiday morning rucking 8.2 miles from Jefferson City to VFW Post 3380 in Dandridge as a tribute to those who gave their lives serving their country.

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