Veterans have taken the American flag on a 5,000 kilometres journey towards Birmingham in Alabama for the 2022 World Games ©World Games 2022

A Relay to carry the flag of the United States to The World Games has reached the state of Alabama and is scheduled to end at the Opening Ceremony on Thursday (July 7).

The Relay began in Washington, D.C. at the end of May when the American Stars and Stripes flag, also known as "Old Glory" was flown from the Capitol building before it was entrusted to a group of military veterans for a journey which has taken it across 14 other American states in a journey of almost 5000 kilometres.

The Flag has just passed through the town of Huntsville, around 162 kilometres from Birmingham.

It is set to spend Independence Day tomorrow in Winfield and Vernon before arriving in Columbus in Mississippi in the evening.

The Relay is scheduled to arrive finally in Birmingham on Wednesday (July 6) after over 42 days on the road.

At the Opening Ceremony on Thursday, it is planned that it will be paraded into the Protective Stadium for the Opening Ceremony by former United States Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, now honorary co-chairman of the 2022 World Games and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.

"After travelling across the American heartland and the great state of Alabama, it will be an electrifying moment to watch former U.S. Army Sergeant Noah Galloway carry the flag into the Opening Ceremony before a live global audience,” World Games 2022 chief executive Nick Sellers said.

The Games are expected to feature competitors from over 100 nations and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is expected to attend the Opening Ceremony and some sports events before the Games are scheduled to close on July 17. 

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