Officials from the World Games 2022, Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin, former U.S. Army Sgt. Noah Galloway and the Birmingham City Council announce the Team RWB Old Glory Relay to The World Games 2022 presented by Airbus.


Veterans to relay American flag from Washington, D.C., to Birmingham for World Games 2022

Birmingham, AL

The World Games 2022 and Airbus announced they are partnering with Team Red, White & Blue for “The Team RWB Old Glory Relay to The World Games 2022 presented by Airbus.”

The relay is an epic journey where thousands of America’s military veterans will each have their turn carrying the same American flag from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., to the opening ceremony of the games at Protective Stadium in Birmingham.

An expected 3,600 elite athletes from more than 100 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in exciting and emerging sports July 7-17 at the World Games 2022, which is organized with the support of the Olympics and takes place every four years. This year marks the 11th edition of the World Games and the first held on U.S. soil in over 40 years.

“It’s going to be an incredible moment of national unity to watch veterans bring the American flag into the opening ceremony in front of a live, global audience as our country plays host to thousands of athletes and fans from every corner of the world,” said Nick Sellers, CEO of the World Games 2022. “We are thankful to our partner Airbus for making this possible and can’t wait to track the progress of Old Glory as our honored veterans take the flag on this epic journey.”

Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) works to support veterans by helping them find lasting fulfillment through the creation of deep bonds with other veterans and civilian supporters.

Plans call for the Old Glory Relay to begin in late May and culminate on July 7 as the flag is carried into Protective Stadium to herald the start of the World Games 2022. The opening ceremony will be a colorful and entertaining celebration of sports featuring live musical performances, special effects and a parade of athletes from every competing nation.

Former U.S. Army Sgt. Noah Galloway, a a Birmingham native who serves as an honorary co-chair of the World Games 2022, and Birmingham Mayor Randall L. Woodfin will carry the U.S. flag and the World Games flag into the opening ceremony.

“This is a huge honor and I’m excited,” said Galloway. “It’s big for the country. It’s going to connect thousands of people and countless communities because Airbus and Team RWB are doing this. It’s building those connections. I think that’s what we need right now.”

For more information, visit Team RWB has worked with The American Legion in the past.

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