Wounded Warriors ride through county

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dan Brown/Gazette -- Adapted bicycles help riders through a wide range of disabilities and are often custom tailored to accommodate a specific disability.

A caravan of more than two dozen riders wound through Berkeley County on Friday as part of “The Warrior Ride.”
The caravan kicked off the day bright and early with a ride to Santee Cooper headquarters on Rembert Dennis Boulevard before making the rounds to Berkeley Elementary, Berkeley Intermediate, Berkeley Middle School and Berkeley High School. It paused for a Noon ceremony in front of the War Memorial at the Berkeley County Health Department and in Lacey Park.
At Santee Cooper the ride passed beneath a giant American flag strung between Santee Cooper and Berkeley Electric Cooperative bucket trucks at the power company’s main entrance.
“The flag created a nice patriotic overhand for the veterans as they rode into the complex,” said Santee Cooper spokesperson Mollie Gore.
More than 100 Santee Cooper and Berkeley Electric Cooperative employees were on hand to cheer on the riders as they circled the parking lot before heading on to their next destination.
The Warrior Ride is a nonprofit organization that uses adaptive bicycling and other morale building events as a tool for recreation and rehabilitation for wounded heroes.
At the Berkeley County Health Department a similar flag display welcomed the riders with the stars and stripes draped between a pair of hook and ladder fire trucks as the warriors paused for a ceremony.
On Thursday the Warrior Ride began in Mount Pleasant before a ceremony at The Citadel’s Daniel Library. Afternoon stops included the Veteran’s Administration, the Battery and Civil War sites in downtown Charleston, a stopover at Patriots Point and dinner on the Isle of Palms.
On Saturday the ride concluded with a trip to Mepkin Abbey.
The two-day ride on adapted bicycles throughout Berkeley County serves as a tool for recreation and rehabilitation for wounded service members, but it is also an opportunity for communities show their support for veterans’ sacrifices.
Riders’ expenses were donated by several local businesses including Tri-County Links and Holiday Inn Express in Moncks Corner.
For more information about Wounded Warriors and supporting the Warrior Ride, visit the Warrior Ride website www.thewarriorride.org.

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