Flag run to be held in support of local officers

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, July 27, 2016


The newly-formed Calcasieu Law Enforcement Project group will host its inaugural flag run July 30 in support of local officers.

“We want to do what we can to show support for our local law enforcement. The flag run is to show them that they matter,” said event organizer Alex Vincent.

Vincent said he has received positive response so far from individuals and car groups interested in participating, and he invites the public to join in.

“It is simply an event where we get our vehicles together and have our flags flying from our roofs or from our hitches,” he said.

Just about any flag is welcome, most especially the Thin Blue Line American flag; however, Vincent asks that no Confederate flags be flown for this run.

“That is not what this is about,” he said. “It is about our law enforcement.”

Participants will meet at the Lake Charles Civic Center at 3 p.m. and will head out after a brief prayer service.

“We will then go on our route, fly our flags and have a good time,” Vincent said.

The route will go from the Civic Center onto Interstate 10 westbound toward the Cities Service Highway exit in Sulphur, where drivers will turn off and head north toward the highway’s intersection with Maplewood Drive.

“We will turn onto Maplewood Drive and continue toward Ruth Street and then take Ruth Street to Highway 90,” said Vincent. “We will take 90 all the way down toward I-10 and exit into Westlake, driving along Sampson Street toward Moss Bluff. We will travel along 378 in Moss Bluff and turn on Highway 171 south. We will travel down Highway 14 all the way to Prien Lake, turning on to Lake Street toward Shell Beach Drive. We will then take Shell Beach Drive back to the Civic Center.”

Vincent cautions there will be rules participants will be asked to heed.

“Don’t cause trouble. If someone tries to start something with you, just keep on driving,” he said. “We don’t want any negativity going on.”