Coastie joins Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay

 

 

Members of Team Red, White and Blue, a national veterans' advocacy group, pose on the steps of the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 18, 2014. Team RWB organized the Old Glory Coast to Coast relay, which is a 3,800 mile relay to raise awarenss of their goal to enrich the lives of returning veterans. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Members of Team Red, White and Blue, a national veterans’ advocacy group, pose on the steps of the Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri, Oct. 18, 2014. Team RWB organized the Old Glory Coast to Coast relay, which is a 3,800 mile relay to raise awarenss of their goal to enrich the lives of returning veterans. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

 

 

 

Chief Warrant Officer Allison Hope of Coast Guard Base New Orleans recently represented the Coast Guard in the Old Glory Coast to Coast relay which passed through her home town of Kansas City, Missouri, on Oct. 18, 2014.

 

The relay takes one American flag on a 3,800 mile run from the Veterans hospital in San Francisco to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda near Washington, D.C.

 

Team Red, White and Blue, a national veteran’s advocacy group, organized the relay to raise awareness for their mission, which is to enrich the lives of returning veterans by connecting them to their communities through social and physical activity, according to Team RWB board member and relay crewmember, Joanna Graham.

 

Hope, who was already running a marathon in the city, was more than happy to represent the Coast Guard in the ceremony.

 

“I was proud to represent,” said Hope. “Hearing the timeframe that the relay would be coming in definitely kept me motivated throughout one of the toughest marathons I’ve ever competed in.”

 

Following the marathon, Hope carried the Coast Guard flag on the steps of the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial alongside flags from each branch of the military. The flags were paraded upon the arrival of the Team RWB flag, which is an American flag that was flown from a Blackhawk helicopter over Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

“All service members and their families perform a sacrifice to our great nation, and the better known veteran organizations rightfully focus on our wounded,” said Hope. “This organization focuses equally on all members with a compelling purpose towards veterans continuing their service, now within the communities they reside in, and dually to unite and help other veterans which ultimately makes us all a part of a stronger united country.”

 

The relay team will present the Flag to Walter Reed Hospital this Veterans Day.

 

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