On Friday, July 15, 2022, the Town of Babylon welcomed the Wounded Warrior Project back to Town Hall for the 15th annual Babylon Soldier Ride. Hosted by Councilman and Veterans Advisory Chair DuWayne Gregory, this was the first time in two years that the town has been able to host a full community ride as was done prior to the pandemic.
This year, the town helped raise over $100,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project with some of the proceeds going to Project9Line, an Islip-based nonprofit that serves veterans here in Suffolk County. About 30 wounded warriors from across the country, and over 1,000 members of our community participated in the 25-mile ride from Babylon Town Hall in Lindenhurst to Overlook Beach out on the barrier island. Among the riders was Supervisor Schaffer, Councilman Gregory, and many of our government partners from the county and state.
“It is crucial for us to provide support for the brave men and women who have risked so much for our freedom,” said Councilman DuWayne Gregory. “The pandemic forced us to reduce the size and capacity of this event over the last two years, but as you can see by the amount raised and the turnout of riders, the support for our nation’s veterans is as strong as it has ever been here in the Town of Babylon,” he added.
The Babylon Town Board extends its sincere gratitude to all the members of the Babylon workforce who make the event possible. A special thank you goes to the law enforcement agencies that assist in this group effort, the Suffolk County Police Department; New York State Police; the Amityville Police Department; and all of our volunteer fire and rescue personnel.