By Alyson Crean
Members of the Key West Police Department will have the honor on Saturday to escort 30 national heroes as the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride comes to Key West.
The service men and women will be cycling from Miami.
When the group arrives at the Truman Waterfront at 1 pm on January 15, they will begin a bicycle honor tour hosted by the Key West Bicycle Association. The 7-mile tour will take the wounded warriors past many of the historic military sites in the city, including the USS Maine Memorial at the Key West Cemetery and the military memorials at Bayview Park and Mallory Square. The tour ends at the historic Truman Little White House where the group will be treated to an informal reception.
The Soldier Ride is part of the Wounded Warrior initiative, which aims at helping military service members heal physically and emotionally. Their war wounds vary widely, but through adaptive cycling, they are able to embrace a positive future with fellow injured service members.
The public is invited to join this bike tour of the city’s historic sites. But even if you’re not a cyclist, please come out and raise a cheer anywhere along the route as these courageous warriors pass through our community on their journey to recovery.
A group of service men and women received a warm welcome when they arrived at the Key West Airport in April as part of the Wounded Warrior Initiative.