World Games flag reaches Alabama
BIRMINGHAM – The American flag carried by veterans and supporters on a 3,100 mile journey across the country to the 2022 World Games in Birmingham arrived in Alabama on Sunday June 26 and made its first stop in the Mobile State.
The flag began its journey to Alabama on May 25 in Washington, DC, where it flew over the US Capitol before being handed over to veterans relaying the flag in 15 states. On July 7, the flag will be flown at the opening ceremony of the World Games 2022 (TWG 2022) in Birmingham.
But before the flag arrives in Birmingham, Alabamians in multiple cities and towns will have a chance to see it as veterans and supporters run, walk and bike with the flag across Alabama.
“The eyes of the world will be on Alabama during the 2022 World Games, and we are proud to partner with Airbus and Team Red, White & Blue for the Old Glory Relay,” said Nick Sellers, CEO of TWG 2022. “After traveling through the heartland of the United States and the great state of Alabama, it will be an electrifying moment to see former United States Army Sergeant Noah Galloway carry the flag during the ceremonial opening in front of a live global audience.”
Athletes from over 100 countries will compete in exciting and emerging sports from July 7-17 at TWG 2022, which is organized with the support of the International Olympic Committee and takes place every four years. This year marks the 11th edition of the World Games and the first to be held in the United States since 1981.
Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) is a non-profit organization founded in 2010 that supports veterans on their health and wellness journeys by providing real and virtual opportunities to build a way of healthier life.“The Old Glory Relay symbolizes our belief that veterans are our most resilient citizens,” said Team RWB Executive Director Mike Erwin. “As we pass the American flag from supporter to supporter on its 3,100-mile journey, we display a steady support that connects thousands of Americans.”
Presenting sponsor Airbus is planning a big welcome party for the flag when it arrives in Mobile on Sunday, June 26. Airbus employees, Alabama Power employees and others will gather at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile at 4:30 p.m., to salute the flag and the veterans who will relay it around the city.
“So many of the Airbus team have proudly served our nation in uniform, so we are especially honored to host this event to show our admiration and support,” saidDaryl Taylor, vice president and general manager of Airbus’ US manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama. “We invite Alabamians to join us Sunday in Bienville Square to greet the flag, honor our veterans and celebrate as Alabama takes its place on the world stage with the 2022 World Games.”
Below is the full city and town schedule for the Old Glory Relay from Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, July 7.
- June 26
- The flag crosses the state line in Alabama on US 98 and arrives for a rally at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile at 4:30 p.m.
- June 27
- The flag passes through downtown Mobile starting around 7:30 a.m. before moving through Africatown, Spanish Fort, Loxley and Robertsdale before arriving in Pensacola, Fla., around 4:30 p.m.
- June 28
- The flag will arrive in Andalusia around 5:30 p.m.
- June 29
- The flag will arrive at the State Capitol in Montgomery around 4:30 p.m.
- June 30th
- The flag passes through Elmore, Deatsville, Marbury and Verbena before arriving in Clanton around 5 p.m.
- July, 1st
- The flag passes through Columbiana, Chelsea and Argo before arriving in Springville around 5 p.m.
- July 2nd
- The flag passes through Locust Fork, Cleveland, Blountsville, Holly Pond and Baileyton before arriving in Huntsville around 6 p.m.
- July 3
- The flag passes through Madison, Decatur and Moulton before arriving in Haleyville around 4:30 p.m.
- 4th July
- The flag passes through Winfield and Vernon before arriving in Columbus, Mississippi around 6:30 p.m.
- July the 5th
- The flag passes through Pickensville and Carrollton before arriving in Tuscaloosa around 6 p.m.
- July 6
- The flag will arrive in Hoover around 1:00 p.m., then pass through Vestavia Hills and Homewood before arriving in Birmingham between 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
- July 7