An early morning phone call Oct. 18 alerted this correspondent to the fact that a woman carrying a U.S. flag was running down U.S. 87 in Adkins toward La Vernia. The caller, Cheryl Horton, was concerned for the woman’s safety. After driving from La Vernia to discover why she was running, I was informed that Old Glory was being carried through La Vernia as part of a national relay.
The flag left from the Alamo in San Antonio the morning of Oct. 18, after a flag unfurling ceremony, on its way to Leesville. The relay is being run by Team Red, White, and Blue for the third time this year. In conjunction with Microsoft, the teams of runners, comprised of veterans and supporters, will run with the flag for a 62-day journey across 4,216 miles of the United States. One U.S. flag is being carried from Seattle, Wash., to Tampa, Fla.!
The vans and vehicles of support team members made a quick stop at the La Vernia Whataburger for lunch, but the runners kept going. The staff at Koepp Chevrolet stood out on the curb, waving several U.S. flags in support of the runners. La Vernia Historical Association President Elaine Stephens, La Vernia Heritage Museum Director Susan Richter, Daughters of the American Revolution member Merrie Monaco, and La Vernia City Administrator Yvonne Griffin were clapping and calling encouragement to a runner as he came down Chihuahua Street. The support staff stopped for a quick photo, then continued down the road to escort the runners.
Team Red, White and Blue is a nonprofit 501c3 organization dedicated to supporting our veterans and enriching their lives. There are 113,000 members -- 70 percent are veterans and 30 percent are supporters. The run through La Vernia consisted of 13 runners, each carrying the flag for 2 miles. The relay idea was started on Sept. 11, 2013, and has grown to 180 chapters, with San Antonio as one of the biggest chapters in the organization.
For more information, visit OldGloryRelay.org or find them on Facebook at facebook.com/TeamRWB/.