Guardians Carry Torch of Hope

June 9, 2017


by David S. Morin

For the last 20 years in June, members of the Hudson Police Department have laced up their sneakers and run the five miles from the Londonderry town line on Derry Road to the Nashua border at the Veterans Bridge.

Known as ‘Guardians of the Flame,’ law enforcement members carry the “Flame of Hope” across the state and into opening ceremonies at the local competition held on June 2 and 3 at the University of New Hampshire.

There are more than 97,000 law enforcement members who carry the “Flame of Hope” annually.  The flame symbolizes courage and celebration of diversity uniting communities around the globe.

The Torch Run began in 1981 when Wichita, Kan., Police Chief Richard LaMunyon created it.  He thought the Torch Run would help law enforcement become active in the community and support Special Olympics in Kansas.  In 1983, Chief LaMunyon presented the program to the International Association of Chiefs of Police.  They decided to endorse Torch Run and became the founding law enforcement organization.  With the Chiefs Association support, LETR became the movement’s largest public awareness and fundraising group for Special Olympics.

The portion the Hudson officers ran also included their peers from Salem to Nashua.