Torch Run Honors Special Olympics

It is the largest grassroots public awareness vehicle of the Special Olympics leading up to the statewide games.

"We are showing those that can't that we will do it for them," said Trooper Andrew Emerson of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

"Also we're showing unity amongst the agencies," added Deputy Ricardo Clayton of the Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department. "Different agencies coming together for one common cause, as well as the Marines from NAS Meridian. We're showing that we can unite for positive matters."

"It's for a good cause, you know. We help people that are less fortunate, to help themselves, trying to raise money for them," said Officer Jerome Moore of the Meridian Police Department.

The torch later headed on to the Jackson area. It will eventually be run in to Biloxi, which is hosting the Mississippi Special Olympics this year.