Ride 2 Recovery cyclists head to Milwaukee

Leading up to The American Legion's 2010 National Convention, Ride 2 Recovery will be conducting a week-long cycling event from Minneapolis to Milwaukee, Aug. 23-28. Wounded warrior cyclists will ride nearly 530 miles with Medal of Honor recipient Gary Wetzel to the site of the Legion's 92nd National Convention. To view the cyclists' route click here.

On Aug. 28, more than 50 wounded warrior cyclists will roll into Milwaukee for the start of the national convention. Members of the Legion's Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission will greet the cyclists as they arrive around 4:30 p.m. at the Frontier Airlines Convention Center at the north side of the building on Wells Street. Following the meet and greet, there will be a welcome ceremony and reception for the cyclists from 5:00-6:30 p.m. outside of Ballrooms A&B at the convention center. American Legion National Commander Clarence Hill will give remarks.

Ride 2 Recovery, a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, conducts week-long cycling events that feature wounded warriors in many states across the country such as Florida, California, Virginia, Colorado and Texas. The rides raise money to support spinning and outdoor cycling programs at military and VA medical facilities. The Legion officially supports Ride 2 Recovery, per a resolution passed in May 2009. While American Legion departments, districts and posts have actively sponsored cycling events within their vicinities, the ride to Milwaukee will be the first national outing for Ride 2 Recovery.

Everyone is invited to participate in the above events. Convention attendees and Legionnaires everywhere can salute the Ride 2 Recovery cyclists during their trek, thank them for their service and welcome them to The American Legion National Convention.

If you're part of the Legion's Legacy Run or a motorcycle rider interested in providing ride support for the cyclists riding into downtown Milwaukee from 3:00-5:00 p.m., please contact Gary Hassan at r2rcyclefest@gmail.com.

For additional questions, contact the Legion's VA&R division at var@legion.org.