Numerous members of the Marshall Police Department, Harrison County Sheriff’s Office, Waskom Police Department, Woodlawn Volunteer Fire Department and Nesbitt Volunteer Fire Department escorted members of Team Red, White and Blue through the county on Tuesday. The veterans-focused non-profit organization is completing the Old Glory Relay, a thousands of miles long, multi-state relay carrying the American Flag.
“Team Red, White and Blue is a national non-profit that serves veterans. Our mission is to enrich veterans’ lives, and we do that by focusing on health and wellness,” said team member Jessica Reid. “We started in Washington D.C. with a flag that flew over the Capitol building, and that same flag has been carried from D.C. to here, and we are on our way to Birmingham, AL, where the same flag will be part of the kickoff of the 2022 World Games.”
Chapter Captain Josh Knight was in charge of organizing the support for this leg of the relay. Numerous people got involved, including local law enforcement.
“He spent a lot of time and a lot of energy and a lot of phone calls coordinating the support today and getting the fire department and the police department out. We have Ainsley’s Angels here. We are here to support Josh in doing that, and we are full-time staff, but really a huge bulk of the effort and planning is on these volunteers that love our organization and love our flag,” said Reid.
You don’t have to be a veteran to join Team Red, White and Blue, but veterans receive a tee shirt when they join the nonprofit. For more information, visit https://about.teamrwb.org/.
To learn more about Ainsley’s Angels, visit https://www.ainsleysangels.org/.