MI team members carry Old Glory on its way to Atlanta

When the opportunity came to carry the American flag as part of a nine-state relay commemorating the events of Sept. 11, 2001, MI Windows team members jumped at the chance.

Billy Bordner, Pam Martz, and Sarah Fulkroad all carried the Stars and Stripes through Central Pennsylvania on Friday, Sept. 17, as part of the “Old Glory Relay,” an MI Windows-sponsored event put on by Team Red, White & Blue, a nonprofit that advocates for veterans’ mental and physical health.

“If it’s for the country, I’ll always be there,” said Bordner, who works at MI’s Gratz facility. “That was an awesome experience.”

The Old Glory Relay started at Ground Zero in New York City on 9/11 and will end in Atlanta on Veterans Day (Nov. 11). In all, approximately 5,000 people are expected to run or walk with the flag across 2,400 miles. The MI Charitable Foundation puts an emphasis on veterans affairs, which is why MI is sponsoring the event. Consequently, Team RWB officials arranged to have the relay go past MI’s plants in Hegins and Gratz.

The three MI team members who participated are all avid runners. Bordner has finished marathons and ultramarathons, Martz has been running 5Ks for years, and Fulkroad is a member of the cross country and track teams at nearby Upper Dauphin High School.

“This is a really big deal,” said Martz, who works in IT at MI’s Operations Support Center. “When I got the flag, everybody was lined up and cheering me on. That was really cool.”

Martz carried the flag from the Ops Center to VFW Post No. 2385, where dozens of veterans and MI team members met for a catered lunch. MI CEO Matt DeSoto and Team RWB Director of Operations Brett SanPietro each gave a short speech welcoming everyone.

Fulkroad took the flag from the VFW to the town of Lykens. A senior at Upper Dauphin, she works part-time at MI’s Gratz plant.

“I have so much respect for everyone who’s served,” said Fulkroad, whose father is a Marine Corps veteran. “When I was asked to be a part of this, I instantly said yes. … I was proud to participate in what Team Red, White & Blue is doing.”

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