BRANDON, Fla. – Old Glory's journey began in Seattle.
62 days, 70 teams and 4,600 miles later, the flag ended its journey at Westfield Brandon on Saturday.
The Old Glory Relay, organized by Tampa-based non-profit Team Red, White & Blue, is an annual fundraiser for the organization's veteran programs where participants carry the American flag by walking, running or cycling across the country.
"You just cannot imagine," said Donnie Starling, an Air Force veteran and project manager for Team Red, White and Blue, TeamRWB
"As we ran down Bayshore Blvd. we had more honks, more people waving, people just yelling out their window with good, positive things to us."
Team RWB was created to connect veterans to their communities through physical activity. "We use physical activities to break down barriers," said Afghanistan Army veteran Eric Engelhardt.
"Instead of saying 'sit next to each other and tell your life story,' that won't work so hot. But if you're working out together you get to know each other in a more authentic way, than a forced, contrived way."
In its fourth year, Team RWB has raised nearly $1.8 million to date to help veterans.
This year's Old Glory Relay included stops in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Antonio, Houston, New Orleans and Tallahassee.
Here's video of the flag arriving in Brandon on Saturday:
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