Support Groups Welcome Soldier Rider 2006 To San Clemente, California with a Salute to Heroes

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Support organization founders come together to celebrate and honor the heroes of this year's soldier ride.

Several years ago, three ladies recognized a need to provide support and caring to our brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces. Frankie Mayo of Operation AC (http://www.operationac.org), Carolyn Blashek of Operation Gratitude (http://www.operationgratitude.com) and Patti Patton-Bader of Soldiers’ Angels (http://www.soldiersangels.org) were among the first to send a little thanks from home over to the troops deployed in support of the War on Terror.

Today, these amazing women are coming together with one voice to welcome and congratulate the brave heroes of Soldier Ride 2006 to their final stop on their journey across the nation. Beginning on May 6th in Montauk, New York and visiting over 70 cities across America, these heroes will end their cross-country ride in San Clemente, California on July 29th.

Also attending this event will be friends and supporters of our brave men and women in uniform from the Patriot Guard Riders (http://www.patriotguard.org) the Military Order of the Purple Heart (http://www.purpleheart.org) and from Yellow Ribbon America (http://www.yellowribbonamerica.org). These groups have planned a special welcome for Soldier Riders as a tribute to their accomplishment and all that they represent.

Each year Soldier Ride sponsors a cross-country cycling event to aid in the rehabilitation of the brave men and women who return home with injuries incurred in the current military conflicts abroad. Participation in our cycling events provides these wounded warriors a foundation for the development of a positive self-image and outlook on life, which in turn speeds the rehabilitation and recovery process.

The theme of our 2006 cross-country ride is “America Still Remembers.” As the wounded service members participating in our ride cycle from city to city, we aim to show them that the country is still behind those who have sacrificed life or limb in support of our freedom. With the number of wounded at 18,000 and growing, the need for our continued commitment, support and remembrance is clear. Join us in showing our heroes that America remembers their service and their sacrifice.

The brave men and women participating in this event are cycling in support of their injured comrades recovering in military hospitals across the country. All of the participants are provided the adaptive equipment they need to cycle while missing one or more limbs. Soldier Ride is a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds for our injured soldiers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan. This organization is 100% non political. It's not about the war it's about the soldiers! Soldier Ride organizes cross country and local bicycle trips used as rehab opportunities for soldiers recovering from major injuries and also to raise awareness.

Soldiers' Angels will be hosting the closing ceremonies and beach party for the riders at Semper Fi Park in San Clemente on July 29, 2006 at 3 pm. Adam's Attic, The Bader Band, and Jillian Russell will be performing at the beach party. Mayor Wayne Eggleston and the community are excited and happy to help Soldiers' Angels honor these riders. Please join us in welcoming the riders by lining the streets and showing your support as they ride into San Clemente.

Soldiers' Angels is an all volunteer, 501 (c) (3) non-profit based in Pasadena, Ca. Donations to help offset the costs of the closing ceremonies can be sent to:

Soldiers' Angels

150 North Loop 1604 West, Suite 108-493

San Antonio, TX 78248

Attn: Soldier Ride

Please make checks and money orders out to Soldiers’ Angels. You can also donate on-line or adopt a soldier at http://www.soldiersangels.org. Include what your donation is for in the comments section.

If you would like more information about Soldiers’ Angels or about this event, or would like to schedule an interview with Patti Patton-Bader, please call (615) 676-0239.

For more information on Operation AC (http://www.operationac.org), please contact Frankie Mayo at (302) 836-1008

For more information on Operation Gratitude (http://www.operationgratitude.com), please contact Carolyn Blashek at cblashek @ aol.com.

For more information on the Military Order of the Purple Heart, please visit their website at http://www.purpleheart.org.

If you would like more information on Soldier Ride, please visit their website at http://www.soldierride.com.

For more information on the Patriot Guard Riders, please visit their website at http://www.patriotguard.org.

For more information on Yellow Ribbon America, please visit their website at http://www.yellowribbonamerica.org.

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