Coast to Coast Bike Ride for Veterans Stops in Clinton
|Route followed by cyclist raising awareness for needs of our country’s veterans, 2014 Sea2Sea Cycling Challenge.|
Clintonians were invited to meet a special visitor Saturday afternoon during a brief stop in Clinton before continuing a coast to coast journey by bicycle to Alaska. Sea2Sea is a US Military non-profit organization founded in 2012. Its purpose is to “Give Back to Those Who Served”, specifically highlighting the sacrifices that US service members, veterans, and their families have made since 9/11, and turning this awareness into action to benefit them.
Tom von Kaenel cycling through Clinton MS
Tom von Kaenel was cycling through Mississippi on Saturday, April 5th and made a stop in Clinton to hold a memorial ceremony and rest up before continuing on his journey.
The 2014 Sea2Sea Cycling Challenge began in Clemson, South Carolina on March 1st and will end at Juneau, Alaska on or about July 4th. The approximate route is shown above.
Sea2Sea’s Tom von Kaenel led a memorial ceremony
for fallen soldiers
The public was invited to join Sea2Sea’s von Kaenel at the Fallen Comrade sculpture memorial at the Clinton Visitor Center for a brief memorial ceremony where he and those in attendance and read names of those who were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Visitor Center is located at 1300 Pinehaven Road, Clinton, MS (near Natchez Trace milepost 89).
Following the Memorial ceremony April 5 2014 in Clinton MS.
Left to right: Tom von Kaenel, Marsha Barham, Alderman
William O. Bill Barnett, David Haddock, Mayor Phil Fisher
Sea2Sea has two goals:
1) To remember those who are no longer with us We are starting a long range program to establish an Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial in each US State listing the names of those who gave their lives for us in these conflicts, with the eventual goal of a national Iraq/Afghanistan War Memorial in Washington, DC. We feel that it is important to list the names at a memorial in each US State so that we have an enduring memorial of their sacrifice.
2) To continue to help those they left behind Partnering with selected 501(c)3 organizations (for example, Wounded Warrior Project, Upstate Warrior Solutions, American Gold Star Mothers, Gold Star Wives) across the country, we will continue to highlight the challenges the service members, veterans, and their families face and how all of us can help. Specifically we will be requesting that people devote any of the three T’s (their time, talent, or treasure) to the highlighted charities that we are partnering. Although financial aid is always welcome, volunteering for some of these organizations are the most useful for both the volunteer and the recipient.
Fallen Comrade memorial at the Clinton Visitor Center
Sculptor: Dr. Samuel Gore