From May 30th to June 6th, 2019, up to 100 cyclists representing Wounded Warriors Canada will ride from the Beaches of Dieppe to Juno Beach. The ‘Battlefield Bike Ride’ will coincide with the 75th anniversary of D-Day (June 6, 1944).
Among the cyclists will be Garry McCracken. In an exclusive interview with Zeal Access, the 22-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces elaborated on the ride. He also explained on some of the work Wounded Warriors Canada is doing to help veterans and first responders, including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
During their 6-day bike ride along the Western Coast of Europe, they will stop at numerous historical battleground sites and cemeteries. One of those stops will include the l’Abbaye d’Ardennes where 18 Canadian soldiers were murdered while being held as prisoners of war.
But not all of the stops will be that somber. The group plans to attend a commemorative service at the Pegasus Pub which was the first home liberated in occupied France during D-Day.
This will be the 6th Battlefield Bike Ride by Wounded Warriors Canada. To date, over 500 cyclists have participated in the trips and they have raised over $2.5 million. Money from the rides is being used to support national mental health programs for ill and injured veterans, first responders, and their families.
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