EUNICE, La (KLFY) – Team red, white, and blue is making progress on their cross country journey for the 3rd annual Old Glory Relay which featured a stop right here in Acadiana.
“It’s just great to see a bunch of people get together and represent what the flag stands for,” said Eunice VFW Post Commander, Terry Matte.
Several veterans came together at the Eunice-VFW as 15 runners from the Shreveport-Bossier chapter took on a stretch of more than 50 miles along Highway 190 as part of the relay.
“We’re running the flag from Kinder to Port Barre,” said runner, Russell Poe.
Poe says their intent is to honor veterans along the way.
“We’re a veterans’ outreach program,” said Poe. “We’re trying to get veterans involved in the community.”
The relay started in Seattle, Washington back on September 11 and will cover over 4000 miles ending in Tampa, Florida on November 11–Veterans Day.
“We have a single runner with the flag. We give them about 2 1/2 to 3 miles and then we just change it over to the next person,” said Poe.
On its first ever stop in the town of Eunice, Matte says it sent chills down his spine just witnessing this public display of support.
“‘United we stand, divided we fall’ and this is a good example of what America is all about,” said Matte.
For Poe and his fellow team members, they say the experience so far has been life-changing.
“You come through the community and you see these guys waving the flag, you see veterans coming out, and you see kids running up to you,” said Poe.
The runners will stop for the night in Port Barre, where the Ft. Polk chapter will take over at sunrise.