Tom von Kaenel reads names as he holds a memorial service for Alabamians Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during his stop in Montgomery, Ala. on Monday March 31, 2014 during his Sea2Sea cross country bike ride.
This trip is different from von Kaenel’s first Sea2Sea ride in 2011. This one is not about raising money. He wants to raise awareness about those who have died and about those who live with the weight of war on them. And he also wants to let people know about the organizations that help, such as Upstate Wounded Warriors or Gold Star Mothers.
“The extraordinary people are those people that have lost their loved ones in those conflicts and carry on day after day to try and live a normal life,” he says fighting tears. “The extraordinary people are the ones that come back damaged and hurt from visible and invisible wounds, and the families that are struggling to help them lead a normal life that is safeguarded by our constitution.
Tom Von Kaenel, Founder of Sea2sea talking on the radio in Oxford, England about Sea2Sea’s ambitions and the reason why he decided to cycle 4200 miles across the US & UK raising awareness and funds for veterans, troops and their families.
This clip tells a very touching story, and provides a great deal of understanding for the motivation behind Tom’s journey from Sea2Sea. There are good people in the world, Tom has met many of them on his journey.