GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Signs of patriotism were paraded through South Mississippi on Sunday morning. A flag is making its way from the West Coast all the way to the East Coast.
It's the 3rd annual Old Glory Relay. It's a relay with a special twist. A group of veterans and civilians from the organization known as Team Red, White, and Blue will travel more than 4,000 miles with a very important piece of American symbolism. Sunday morning, the route was from Gulfport to Grand Bay, AL.
The Old Glory Relay kicked off on Sept. 11, a date that resonates with veteran Joe Quinn for a very special reason.
"Personally, my brother, Jimmy Quinn, was killed on 9/11 in the World Trade Center in the north tower. He was 23 years old, and that's what led to me joining the Army," said Quinn.
Since then, Quinn has served two tours in Iraq. He said out of his entire military experience, the hardest part was returning home without a team.
"My hardest year was the year I came home to try and transition, and this is what Team Red, White, and Blue is for," said Quinn.
Another veteran who led the relay was Mississippi native Drew Entrenik. He just returned home from a tour in the Middle East last year and says he jumped at the opportunity to spread a sense of patriotism across his home state.
"Words just can't express what this flag means to me, what it means to my family, and the military," said Entrenik
Many are behind the movement.
"It feels wonderful just to know that this is very important to people and what this flag means to the community. I wouldn't have it any other way," said veteran Eli Ouder.
Team Red, White, and Blue will leave from Grand Bay and make a stop on the USS Alabama after heading through Mobile, AL.