The Old Glory Relay, a run that began in New York City on Sept. 11, will pass through Wilkes County on Saturday and stop long enough for a ceremony at the Window World corporate offices in North Wilkesboro before continuing on to Atlanta, Ga.
Old Glory Relay runners are expected to arrive at the Window World offices at 501 Elkin Hwy. North Wilkesboro, about 10 a.m. The event there will include speakers, entertainment and free hot dogs and drinks.
It also will be an opportunity for people to exchange old U.S. flags in need of retirement for new U.S. flags.
There will be a presentation of the colors, singing of the National Anthem and patriotic musical performances by the American Bombshells.
Parking for the event is available in the Wilkes Vocational Services lot adjoining the Window World office. Additional parking will be available in the lot directly across the street from the office.
The goal of the Old Glory Relay is to support America’s veterans by helping them build bonds with other veterans and civilian supporters.
Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) organized the national event annually from 2014 to 2018 to show support for veterans. Team RWB founder Mike Erwin is scheduled to speak at the event Saturday.
Window World, America’s largest replacement window and exterior remodeling company, is presenting the Team RWB Old Glory Relay this year. MI Windows and Doors is also a sponsor of the event.
“Window World is thrilled to present the Team RWB Old Glory Relay and to show our support for America’s veterans,” said Window World CEO and Chairman Tammy Whitworth. “Our veterans served our country with pride, and this is one way we can show our appreciation and respect for their service.”
Participants have the option to join shadow runs in areas with a Team RWB chapter. They can also register as a virtual participant.
To learn more about the Old Glory Relay or to register to participate, visit: https://www.teamrwb.org/national-events/old-glory-relay/.