Friday, September 10, 2010
Soldier Ride stops in Carlisle
A huge crowd of cycling enthusiasts and supporters of the Soldier Ride for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) took a break in the center of Carlisle on Saturday, September 4. Carlisle police were on hand to direct traffic as the bikers arrived from Concord. After stopping by Ferns Country Store the group traveled down Lowell Road to Great Brook Farm State Park. According to Angela Hemmen of the Wounded Warrior Project, they planned to meet at the Old Manse on River Road for a picnic. The ride was a “test run,” explained Gemmen. They hope to hold an official event next year.
According to their website, the Soldier Ride is a program of the national Wounded Warrior Project that provides adaptive cycling opportunities for those injured while serving in the armed forces. “Soldier Ride is designed to restore the physical and emotional well-being of our newest generation of wounded warriors. All participants with a disability or missing a limb or limbs are provided the adaptive equipment customized to their individual needs.” The organizers invited cyclists to ride from the Minuteman National Historic Park in Concord, “the birthplace of the American Revolution.” For more information see www.soldierride.org/boston.
The Wounded Warrior Project mission “is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Its purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured men and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.” For more information see www.woundedwarriorproject.org. ∆
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