Wounded veterans’ Warrior Ride making its way through Charleston

Ron Mayfield (right), from Virginia, leads a group of wounded veterans during a Warrior Ride through downtown Charleston Thursday. The group had just left The Citadel and was passing Johnson Hagood Stadium when Army National Guard members came out to cheer them on. Buy this photo

The wounded veterans of The Warrior Ride bicycled through The Citadel campus this morning and now are at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center.

About 30 veterans are riding together on adapted bicycles throughout the Lowcountry over the next two days to generate support for veterans’ sacrifices.

The Warrior Ride began this morning at Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant. It crossed the Ravenel Bridge, then stopped at The Citadel’s Daniel Library for a 10 a.m. ceremony.

The group, all veterans, is scheduled to leave the VA around 1:45 p.m. It will continue its ride in downtown Charleston, including stops at the Battery and Civil War sites. It then heads to Patriots Point, then to the Isle of Palms VFW for dinner.

Participation in The Warrior Ride is free for service members, with expenses donated by local businesses including Tri-County Links and Holiday Inn Express in Moncks Corner.

At 9 a.m. Friday, the group will be greeted by hundreds of employees at Santee Cooper headquarters at 1 Riverwood Drive in Moncks Corner.

Lowcountry residents are encouraged to show their support by watching the parade and cheering them along. Find out more on The Warrior Ride website.

Read more in upcoming editions of The Post and Courier. Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491 or on Twitter @dianeknich.

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