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Two bicyclists raising money for wounded veteran organizations by riding on a cross-country tour will hold a remembrance ceremony Thursday morning for Billings soldiers who have lost their lives since 9/11.
Tom von Kaenel and Alvon Elrod have seen all four seasons on their bicycle trek through the Rocky Mountains in Montana. But the spring sunshine welcomed them at their resting point in Billings.
The two men, along with the Sea 2 Sea Organization, are hoping to raise $10 million and 5 million pounds for U.S. and United Kingdom registered military charities with their 4,077-mile cross-county trek.
“The purpose of this ride is to raise national and international awareness of the price paid by the servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much and born the cost the conflicts since 9/11.”
Von Kaenel, a retired United States Army soldier now living in Oxfordshire, England, and Elrod started their journey April 23 in Ocean Shores, Wash. The group’s goal is it to make it to Washington, D.C., by July 4.
The public is invited to meet von Kaenel and his teammates to support their efforts and remember the lives of Billings’ fallen soldiers Thursday morning, 8 a.m., at the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.
They also invite the pubic to join the cycle ride for any desired distance.
“Our goal is to have 7,000 cyclists to each carry a card with a name of a person who has lost their life from the Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial to remember, recognize and rejoice the 7,000 lives that have been lost forever,” von Kaenel said.
For information or to donate to a highlighted charity, visit www.sea2sea.org