Warrior Ride makes special ceremony stop at The Citadel
This week, rising above combat injuries, wounded war veterans – men and women of all branches with awe-inspiring stories – will ride regular and adapted bicycles throughout Charleston as a way to generate community support and awareness of the sacrifices service members make. The event will offer the community the opportunity to thank the nation’s heroes.
Founded by husband and wife team, Bob and Debra Racine from Oak Island, N.C., the Warrior Ride’s (thewarriorride.org) first cycling event was held in 2005. The Racines believe that with recreational therapy and the camaraderie of peers with similar experiences can help put veterans on the path to healing.
Adapting bicycles to injuries can be a challenge, but the Racines make it work.
“After returning unceremoniously from my final tour, I promised that we would do something to give our veterans a proper welcome home, and honor our defenders of freedom,” said three-tour Vietnam veteran Bob Racine. “The cycling events are our way of saying thank you to our nation’s heroes.”
This week’s schedule in the Lowcountry
Cycling begins in Mt Pleasant, for downtown Charleston. At about 10 a.m., a group of about 30 cyclists will stop for a ceremony at the Daniel Library on The Citadel campus. From there the group will go to the Veterans’ Administration building. The group will then cycle back to Mt. Pleasant for a guided tour of Patriot’s Point. They will close the day at the Veterans’ of Foreign Wars Hall on Isle of Palms.
Cycling begins at the Holiday Inn Express in Moncks Corner, ending the day at Santee Cooper Park.
About The Warrior Ride
The Warrior Ride is a non-profit organization founded in Oak Island, N.C. with a mission of rehabilitation for America’s injured war heroes. By implementing challenging adaptive bicycling and morale building events, the Warrior Ride founders believe the nation's warriors are given an opportunity to be able to take pride in the skills they have and redefine their capabilities through accomplishment in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support. The Warrior Ride events take place in various locations throughout the United States. There is no cost to the service member to participate in the Warrior Ride events. All expenses are covered with donations and grants. For more information, visit thewarriorride.org.