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Join the journey: Help carry Old Glory across the country

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On April 19, an American Flag flown by Army Special Operations will embark on a 1,600-mile journey from Pennsylvania to Illinois. Carried by Veterans, service members, military family members and supporters, the flag’s journey marks Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB)’s 10th official Old Glory Relay, presented by BMW of North America.

The movement of the flag is highly symbolic, representing the stories of all the Veterans who sacrificed for and served our nation, and aims to remind us that Veterans’ best days are ahead of them.

“America’s Veterans know firsthand that life is a team sport. There’s no better demonstration of that concept than the Old Glory Relay,” said Mike Erwin, Team RWB founder and executive director. “We invite all Veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs network to be part of this epic journey. Let’s come together to carry this flag, carry our stories, and inspire our Veteran community to make their physical and mental health a priority.”

This event is for Veterans of all eras, whether you prefer to walk, run or bike. It doesn’t matter how fast you are — the event is about participation and honor, not speed.

The relay will pass through Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan and finish in Illinois, offering 30 days for people to get involved. You can also participate virtually from anywhere, picking a day on the map to carry the flag in your own way.

The single American Flag that will be carried was flown by Army Special Operations in January and February over missions in both Iraq and Syria before returning to the U.S. to be carried in the Old Glory Relay. The flag was provided by Allegiance Flag Supply, representing American values and craftsmanship.

The relay supports Team RWB’s goal to build the leading health and wellness community for Veterans. Being part of Team RWB helps Veterans focus on their well-being by joining in activities that promote health, connection and a sense of purpose.

Old Glory will make special stops along the route at events like the Yuengling Light Lager Jogger and a Philadelphia Phillies game, among others.

If you’re ready to join the movement, sign up here.

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