Soldier Ride 2020 takes victory lap around town

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Key West showed its true and traditional colors when hundreds of residents and visitors, including kids, families and business owners, lined the entrance to Key West wearing red, white and blue in support of the 40 or so Wounded Warriors who participated in this year’s Soldier Ride through the Florida Keys.

The final leg of this year’s ride took the veterans from Naval Air Station Key West at Boca Chica into Key West on Jan. 11. The riders did a victory lap around the island and then met local military leaders at a ceremony at Bayview Park. From there, they climbed back on their bikes and invited members of the community to join them for a leisurely tour of Key West and Community Ride.

This year’s event was coordinated locally by the Key West’s Military Affairs Committee with the help of dozens of individuals and community groups. 

Wounded Warriors pedaled traditional and adaptive, recumbent bicycles in Soldier Ride 2020.
A Welcome Ceremony recognizing Soldier Ride participants started with the Navy’s Honor Guard and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Wounded Warriors pedaled traditional and adaptive, recumbent bicycles in Soldier Ride 2020.
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A tree adorned with handwritten notes on yellow ribbons welcomed the Community and Warriors to Bayview Park on Jan. 11.
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Marty Hirsch and Annabelle show off their hand-painted shirts to welcome the Warriors.
For the third year the Sunrise Rotary Club adorned 167 trees from with yellow ribbons and America flags.
Crew members of the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk helped hang some of the 300-plus banners that lined the Soldier Ride route to welcome the Wounded Warriors to Key West.
Mike Horn and his granddaughter await the Wounded Warriors.
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Key West International Airport donated the funds that enabled the American flags to be displayed through the month of January in support of the Soldier Ride.
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Captain Mark Sohaney, commander of NAS Key West, welcomed the Wounded Warriors to a ceremony at Bayview Park.
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As part of his recent service project, Key West High School student Dylan Olive worked with the students and teachers at Sigsbee Charter School to highlight the patriotism of the Key West community.

 

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