Warriors visit Walterboro | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 31, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: March 30, 2016 at 2:21 pm
The riders participating in The Warrior Ride visit to Colleton County did not have to pedal far before making their first stop.
The approximately 15 riders gathered in the parking lot of Veterans Victory House on Sidneys Highway March 24 at 9 a.m. to begin their nearly 30-mile ride through the Walterboro area.
The first stop was neighboring Northside Elementary School, where the students were waiting to greet them. The riders made several laps around the circular driveway usually used by the school buses as the students held welcoming signs and slapped hands with the riders.
The same type of welcome was awaiting riders at Colleton Middle School, Colleton Prep and Forest Hills Elementary School.
At the intersection of Walter Street and West Washington Street, the cyclists rode under an American flag hanging from the extended ladder of the city fire department’s aerial truck and made their way down West Washington Street, also decorated with the Stars and Stripes hanging from lamp posts, as they made their way to Walterboro City Hall.
During the course of the day, the riders also visited the Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary before returning to Veterans Victory House to cap off their visit to the city.
The Warrior Ride, started in 2005, is a non-profit charity based in Oak Island, N.C., that focuses on using adaptive cycling as a tool for recreation and rehabilitation for wounded military veterans.
The rides are a way to try and help the veterans keep their spirits up, explained David Hansen, the S.C. coordinator for the organization.