For the first time in the 25 year history of the Virginia Law Enforcement Torch Run, the Flame of Hope passed through the neighboring town of Colonial Beach on its journey to Richmond, Virginia. The run was organized by law enforcement staff from George Washington Birthplace and local departments.
Area law enforcement personnel from the Westmoreland County Sheriff’s Office, Colonial Beach Police Department, King George County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Parks, a retired officer from Washington, D.C. and the National Park Service escorted the torch on a 1.85 run through the business district of the town. The officers were joined by Special Olympic athletes from a local group home for a portion of the run. Following the run, they joined the officers for lunch at a local eatery.
Over $700 in funds to benefit Special Olympic athletes was raised by officers through the acceptance of donations and the sale of official Law Enforcement Torch Run t-shirts and hats.
After a 1,900 mile journey across the Commonwealth of Virginia, the torch arrived on Friday evening, June 11th, at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics at the University of Richmond. It is estimated that more than 3,000 law enforcement officers from over 200 agencies were involved with torch run across the state.