State Rep. Kerry Underwood (R-Tuscumbia) will present an Alabama joint resolution at the annual SEAL swim closing ceremony in New York City on Saturday, where Alabama's state flag will be represented.
During the state's regular session, Underwood sponsored House Joint Resolution 234, which honored the annual SEAL Swim and an Alabama native who will be participating.
On Saturday, Underwood's lifelong friend, retired SEAL Lt. Commander Richard Clifford, will participate in the event, carrying two credentialed Alabama flags. Clifford served 31 years in the Navy, doing combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Alabama flags will be signed, along with all American flags carried by SEALS on the last leg into the 9/11 Memorial. Alabama is the only state to have a participating state flag.
Underwood coordinated a previous fitness fundraiser locally at QC Fitness Lab in Tuscumbia that raised over $8,000 to support Clifford's involvement in the swim.
The SEAL Swim brings together former SEALs, veterans, police officers, firefighters and first responders nationwide.
The event starts at the Empty Sky Memorial in Liberty State Park in New Jersey and ends at the World Trade Center in Manhattan, New York City. Participants will enter the Hudson River at Liberty State Park, N.J., and swim to the Statue of Liberty, where they do 100 honor pushups and 22 pull-ups.
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