Veterans Awareness Bike Ride Comes Through Manchester

Bikers have lunch in Manchester... By Barry West

Jeremy Staat makes his way to downtown Manchester

In 2011 the former NFL football player and Marine veteran founded The Jeremy Staat Foundation, which he describes as a foundation of inspiration and motivation. Jeremy helped in organizing a bicycle and motorcycle ride from the Wall of Valor in Bakersfield, California to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The distance between the two is about 2,638 miles. Along the way they will visit as many veteran memorials, schools, churches, veteran posts, sporting events, and speaking engagements as time and logistics allow. Yesterday the ride stopped in Manchester, and the group was greeted by Manchester officials at city hall. The Manchester Police Department provided a meal to the riders. Staat also gave a speech at the courthouse on the square. The total ride will take approximately 100 days. Together, their overall goal is to reach the Vietnam Memorial Wall by Memorial Day, 2012 for the 25th year anniversary of “Rolling Thunder” and the 30th year anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial Wall. As an event of The Jeremy Staat Foundation, The Wall-to-Wall Cross-country Bicycle ride exists for the overriding purpose of raising awareness and support for our nation’s veterans, veteran organizations, veteran suicide awareness, and to promote veteran centers on all college campuses throughout our nation.