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Special Olympics torch moves through Mississippi

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
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FLOWOOD, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Special Olympics torch is making its way across Mississippi ahead of the summer games.

The Flame of Hope arrived in Flowood Tuesday morning for the Law Enforcement Torch Run.  

Multiple officers from the Flowood Police Department, Mississippi Attorney General’s Office, Reservoir Police, Rankin County Sheriff's Department and Mississippi Department of Homeland Security participated in the annual event.

The law enforcement agencies have taken part in the fundraiser for years to help send athletes to the Special Olympics.    

"Law enforcement officers are the 'Guardians of the Flame of Hope' for Special Olympics athletes in more than 100 countries around the world," said Tony Bahou, president and CEO of Special Olympics Mississippi. "Their efforts help us provide life-changing experiences and competitions for more than 4,000 athletes in Mississippi year round."

The Law Enforcement Torch Run started in North Mississippi Monday. It will work its way toward Keesler Air Force Base on May 20, where the flames will unite to light the cauldron for the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Summer Games.

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