'Old Glory' flag cross-country relay crosses into Heartland - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

'Old Glory' flag cross-country relay crosses into Heartland

"Old Glory" passed off in Murphysboro on Sunday. (Source: Loreto Cruz, KFVS) "Old Glory" passed off in Murphysboro on Sunday. (Source: Loreto Cruz, KFVS)
MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

A relay run across the country to honor United States military veterans traveled through southern Illinois over the weekend. 

It started in San Francisco, and will end up in Washington D.C. just in time for Veteran's Day.

In total, the trip is just less than 3,500 miles long.

Saturday, runners carried a flag called "Old Glory" across the Mississippi River at Chester, then continued along IL-13, making stops in Murphysboro, Marion, and Carbondale. 

Participants say what keeps them going is their belief that each leg of the journey is a single but vital part of a whole.

It’s the fact that it’s the symbol of our country and of our freedom,” said volunteer Allison Vandenberg on Sunday. “So going 3,500 miles with it on foot? That’s a pretty big accomplishment.”

“This kind of brings us all together and unifies us as a whole,” said a National Guard service member as he prepared for a leg stretching from Murphysboro to Cambria.

"Old Glory" spent Sunday night in Harrisburg, and was scheduled to depart Monday at 7 a.m.

Arrival in Washington D.C. is scheduled for Nov. 8.

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