On Friday, July 15th, for the 9th consecutive year, thousands will ride through the streets of Babylon alongside proud veterans to support wounded service members. Last year, the event raised over $100,000 for the Wounded Warrior project, with over 1,000 riders participating alongside more than 50 wounded service members. Since the first Soldier Ride in 2008, over $700,000 has been collected for injured service members. This year, the Town of Babylon is proud to announce a new collaboration between Wounded Warrior Project and United Veterans Beacon House (UVBH); 50% of the funds raised at the 2016 Solider Ride will go directly to UVBH’s to support their programs for veterans.
“The Town of Babylon is proud to salute those who gave so much for our great nation with our 9th annual Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride,” said Councilwoman Jackie Gordon, a retired Lt. Colonel in the United States Army Reserves who organizes the Town’s ride and served proudly overseas four times, including Iraq in both 1990 and 2003 as well as in Afghanistan in 2012. “It is an honor to be alongside the brave men and women of our Armed Forces once again, and seeing hundreds of people coming together to support such a wonderful cause makes the day that much more special.”
This year’s ride will start at 9:00 AM with a ceremony at Babylon Town Hall; from there, participants will ride through a 25 mile course filled with Town of Babylon landmarks, including Old Town Hall, Robert Moses Bridge, and Overlook Beach, where riders will be greeted with refreshments and a barbeque for the closing celebration.
Those interested in participating can visit www.soldierride.org/babylon for details. The registration fee is $60 for adults and $35 for ages 12 and under; however, these prices are reduced to $50 and $25, respectively, during the Early Registration period which ends on June 17th. If you are active duty military, an active duty military family member, a student, or would like to start/join a team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a promo code for discounted registration.
The Wounded Warrior Project provides services to service members, in both the United States and internationally, who have been injured in combat and works to raise awareness regarding issues that affect them as they continue to adjust to their new life.
For more information, please visit www.soldierride.org/babylon.