Old Glory Relay receives patriotic welcome

Old Glory started out this year's journey with Team Red, White and Blue in San Francisco Sept. 11 and is still going strong weeks later.

That same flag, which has traveled 2,249 miles and is bound for Washington, D.C., came to rest for the night at the Marshall Fire Department Sunday, Oct. 18. It was greeted by a host of supportive firemen and a police escort. Arrow Street was lined with American flags, and an even larger one swayed through the wind atop the MFD's ladder engine parked across from the MFD.

Team RWB is divided into chapters nationwide, according to race spokesman Brandon Young. Chapter Captain Dawn Boyle said Sunday's run began at sunrise. Boyle explained her involvement in the group with Community Outreach Director of her chapter Al Salvosa.

"I found this team almost two years ago, and it was a chapter that was trying to get started," Boyle said. "I was fortunate enough to be able to hop in and help get the leadership started."

Boyle said her son also serves in the U.S. Navy and her brother as well, and that supportive efforts like the Old Glory Relay are meaningful to her as ways to give back to our service men and women. The run began in Wellington and the group traversed approximately 50 miles, coming to rest in Marshall at approximately 3:30 p.m. Salvosa said the run was long and difficult but a good experience nontheless. Boyle said there were 17 runners divided into groups each running different legs of the total distance, and averaging a total of about four miles each.

"This group right here drove seven hours from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., and picked up the flag that had been carried the day before by a group from Omaha," Young said. "So we've got 181 chapters and communities from across America that are all traveling out to do this together."

Young said a group of airmen from Whiteman Air Force Base will carry Old Glory on the next leg of the journey.

"Across the course, there's going to be 1,500 Americans, veterans, family members, community supporters carrying this one Old Glory in a display of solidarity and unity across this awesome nation right here," Young said.

Contact Lucas Johnson at ljohnson@marshallnews.com