We’ve done it! We successfully completed our 4412 mile journey across the UK & the US, arriving outside Washington, DC (Crystal City) on July 3rd and finishing at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England on July 7thIt has been the ride of a lifetime, in large part because of your encouragement & support. I personally would like to thank each of you for holding us in your thoughts & prayers during the journey & in helping us achieve our goal of raising the awareness of the sacrifices that US & UK service members, veterans, & their families have made since 9/11.I also invite you to take one more step with me, specifically to do one act that works best for you (whether it is a donation of your money, time, or services) to remember, recognize or rejoice for those who have sacrificed so much for all of us. And for those who have already done this, you have my heartfelt thanks.
I would like to thank the members of the Sea2Sea Team whose hard work & dedication was instrumental in achieving our aim. They are (in no particular order):
Alvon & Maureen Elrod, Bruce & Marj Hammersley, Judy Dabney, Cheryl Washburn, John Sprowl, Tricia Murdock, Rob & Lynn Dow, Tracey Dow, Terry Wells, Jo Rockwood, Maggie & Tom Donaldson, Chip Meeks and Bob Cox.
Finally, I’ll be taking a backward glance to thank those in the next edition of The Wave to recognize our corporate sponsors & ‘shepherds’ who supported & guided us from Sea2Sea and to talk about the future. Once again, thanks again to all of you, as you have been key in helping us to give back to those who served.
A BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE JOURNEY FROM SEA2SEA
Where we have been, and what we have done (where we are going will be in the next newsletter)
The journey from Sea2Sea has been a teacher of many things, but three stand out and encompass what Sea2Sea intends to accomplish:
Our forthcoming efforts encircle these important lessons. At Sea2Sea, we will strive to remember those who have fallen, recognize the sacrifices of families and individuals who serve our country and rejoice in the freedoms that we enjoy.
It seems like a lifetime ago that we began our trek at RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire England, but it was only on April 16th & we could not have had a better send off from the Base Commander and the ‘US First Sergeant’ driving a World War II jeep.
We began our mission to remember the fallen for each day of the journey.
We held a total of 66 remembrance ceremonies to reflect the loss of over 7000 US & UK service members. This was the hardest part of the ride, made easier by all those who participated (estimated to be over 2000 total).
For me, enormity of the loss hit when we laid out the cards in the amphitheater behind the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier on the morning of 4th July. We could only glimpse the depth of feeling that family members & friends must experience on a daily basis.
We also recognized both on our website and at each ceremony a US & UK Military Charity and nominated those two to be our ‘charities of the day’. Here is the enthusiastic reception given by the CEO of the Veterans Charity, Danny Greeno on the first day of the ride at Brize Norton.
Finally, the 3rd ‘R’ is, of course, Rejoice! This was the easiest part to do every day, as we met diverse people in both the US & UK united by a deep set of core values of love, support, & appreciation of those who wear or wore the military uniform or supported them. Here is some representatives of the Combat Bikers Veterans Association who welcomed us in Fayetteville, NC on Jun 18th.
And here is what the celebration party looked at Buffalo Wild Wings in Crystal City, on July 3rd.
So, the leading question is, ‘What next?’ I will be working on a final ‘R’ before we gear up for the next challenge and that ‘R’ is Recover!
All the best,