Tradition that began in Mexico passes through Cedartown
An ongoing tradition made its way through Cedartown last Thursday as those participating in the Guadalupe Torch Run 2014 ran through the city.
Cedartown Assistant Police Chief Greg Cooper said St. Bernadette Catholic Church sent a letter during the planning stages asking the police department to provide an escort, which it did.
The entourage included an advance truck, a pick-up truck with a religious painting of the Virgin Mary and the torch runners, those in green hoodies running waiting alongside to take up the torch relay and a bus that had a sign on the side that reads “Mexico New York.”
Cooper said the group started their trek at the Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Sept. 23 and arrived in Cedartown from Alabama on Nov. 19. They began their journey at 11 a.m. Nov. 20 for Douglasville, the next leg of the trip.
The group is headed to New York and plan to arrive on Dec. 12.
“We carry the torch for the Virgin Mary and Dec. 12 is coming up quickly,” one of the participants said as she quickly boarded the bus for the next part of the relay.
The purpose of the pilgrimage to the Big Apple is a religious one, although the journey through Northwest Georgia happened to fall on a highly charged political day for Latinos.
President Barack Obama made a public address Thursday night where he explained his plans for immigration reform and the fate of five million undocumented immigrants.
This particular torch run began 12 years ago, but the tradition actually began more than a half a century ago to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The date of Dec. 12 is of religious importance because it is the day of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The religious holiday stemmed from a visitation from the Virgin to an indigenous Mexican named Juan Diego in 1531. The theme of the holiday is more compassion to help indigenous people and the modern translation is solidarity across borders with the plight of immigrants.