Thursday, June 7, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Law enforcement officials, along with Special Olympics athletes, participate in a torch runs across the country each year. This one is in Virginia. | Virginia Special Olympics
Commuters taking Roosevelt Road on Saturday afternoon may want to prepare for the possibility of a slight holdup. The employees of local police departments, and their relatives, will hit the street on Saturday for the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.
The Bellwood, Broadview, Forest Park, Maywood and Westchester police departments will team up to participate in one leg of the run, which is a nationwide initiative.
According to the Special Olympics website, more than 97,000 members of law enforcement agencies across the country carry what’s called the Flame of Hope each year into the opening ceremonies of Special Olympic local competitions.
“The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe,” the website explains.
The June 9 leg of the torch run will start at 10 a.m., at the Westchester Police Department, 10300 West Roosevelt Rd. in Westchester, and travel eastbound on Roosevelt. It will end at Constitution Court, 7430 Madison St. in Forest Park. The run is scheduled to last until around 11:30 a.m.
The runners, all of whom must be either police department employees or the families of employees, will be escorted by police vehicles in front and behind them. The participants are typically asked to collect donations for the Special Olympics. VFP
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