Old Glory Relay
They’re painting the town red, white, and blue as a leg of the nationwide Old Glory Relay made its way through South Mississippi today.
News 25’s Toni Miles has more from its start in Jones Park in Gulfport to the eastward path as runners, cyclists, and other athletes carried the American flag to its destination.
You couldn’t quite see the dawn’s early light yet, but that didn’t stop these dedicated athletes from warming up for a good cause Monday morning. Volunteer runner Charles Wambolt said, “It’s important to support our veterans, those who slip between the cracks, those who don’t have a retirement. They end up on the streets. Sometimes some have psychological issues coming out of war. They need some support. We, as Americans, we need to support our veterans.”
That’s what the Old Glory Relay, put on by the nonprofit group Red, White, and Blue, is all about. Sarah Holzhald with Red, White, and Blue said, “It’s day 50 of our Old Glory Relay. It’s the biggest event of the year where we take a single U.S. flag from Seattle to Tampa. Our headquarters is in Tampa. We started on September 11th and end on November 11th. Today, the Gulf Coast chapter is taking it from Gulfport to the USS Alabama.”
Although volunteers throughout the nation take part in the Old Glory Relay, Leaders with Red, White, and Blue tell News 25 that the reaction is always the same no matter where they are and that is one of support. Amanda Rondon with Red, White, and Blue said, “We find that everybody has a story. In some way, everybody can connect to and relate to the idea of our veterans carrying our flag across the country. So, it’s mainly a positive reaction. It’s one of our Eagle Ethos is positivity and we tend to carry that with us wherever we go.”