Community Soldier Ride: Wounded Warriors from four nations, supporters ride together in Germany

Sept. 12, 2011


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U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

U.S. Army Europe

Photo credit Charles M. Belluomo, U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs Office

Bilateral amputee and retired Army Staff Sgt. Dan Nevins, director of Warriors Speak, and retired Marine Staff Sgt. Mason Poe, government contractor, lead a group of participants across the finish line of the 18-mile ride during the 9/11 Community Soldier Ride at Lake Bostalsee, Germany Sept. 11. Approximately 400 participants gathered at Lake Bostalsee, in southwest Germany, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Soldier Ride is sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project and provides wounded warriors the opportunity to reclaim their confidence and strength through cycling.

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- More than 300 Soldiers, Family members, civilian employees and other military community members volunteered, rode, cheered and otherwise lent their support to approximately 50 wounded warriors from the U.S., Germany, the Republic of Georgia, and Romania during the Community Soldier Ride at Lake Bostalsee in southwest Germany Sept. 11.

The date of the event was no coincidence. During the opening ceremony, the participants and their supporters observed a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania as a result of the terrorist attacks in 2001.

In his remarks during the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, U.S. Army Europe’s commanding general, reminded the audience that the terrorist attacks were not just an attack on the U.S. He said people from 71 other countries lost their lives that day as well.

“The dignity and humanity of the world were attacked that day,” Hertling said. “What we’ve done over the past few years is fight back.”

The community ride was the culmination of a 3-day Soldier Ride, a Wounded Warrior Projectâ„¢ initiative that provides rehabilitative cycling opportunities to help America’s newest generation of wounded warriors restore their physical and emotional well-being. This ride was the first European Soldier Ride sponsored by the WWP, and was supported by the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe.

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