ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four military veterans are aiming to summit North America's tallest mountain on Memorial Day, armed with the names of Americans who have died while serving their country.
The Mission Memorial Day team is collecting the names of fallen veterans to be inscribed on flags the climbers plan to carry to the top of Alaska's 20,320-foot Mount McKinley on May 25.
Expedition leader Josh Jespersen of Boulder, Colorado, says the team has collected 100 names of people killed in war zones or during training exercises. The former Navy SEAL also will carry the names of 72 SEALs lost since 9/11.
Team member Nick Colgin of Fort Collins, Colorado, says the plan is to begin the climb May 9.