100 veterans bike their way to July 4 ceremonies in D.C.
Nearly 100 veterans are riding the Great Allegheny Passage trail to Washington, D.C., for Fourth of July celebrations and a ceremony commemorating their ride.
They stopped Saturday for lunch at the Great Allegheny Passage Trail Headquarters in West Newton before continuing on their 335-mile bicycle ride. The cyclists left from Point State Park on Friday morning for the second annual 335 Miles for Veterans event.
The Veterans Leadership Program's diverse group of cyclists includes Vietnam veterans and those who served in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each rider's goal is to raise at least $1 per mile, or $335 total, for the organization. To date, the team has raised more than $44,000 in four months.
“I don't think there is a single person that doesn't meet that goal,” ride organizer Dan Blevins of Pittsburgh said.
Riders receive support at trail stops along the route from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center.
Shane Dunlap is a Tribune-Review staff photographer.