With he­roes

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - LETTERS -

This past June, I cy­cled with my he­roes in Eng­land, France and Bel­gium. No, not with the pros. Rather, it was with past and cur­rent mem­bers of our armed ser­vices, first re­spon­ders and sup­port­ers of a great cause. The ride was the Bat­tle­field Bike Ride 2017 by Wounded Warriors Canada, in sup­port of those deal­ing with posttrau­matic stress dis­or­der. Along the ap­prox­i­mately 600-km jour­ney, we vis­ited sev­eral sites where Cana­dian, New­found­land and Labrador corps fought with dis­tinc­tion. As spe­cial as those ex­pe­ri­ences were, it was the hon­our of rid­ing with so many who have or are serv­ing our coun­try and com­mu­ni­ties that made the trip spe­cial. For this or­di­nary civil­ian, march­ing to the foot of the Cana­dian Vimy Memo­rial for our fi­nal ser­vice in such dis­tin­guished com­pany was hum­bling and emo­tional. Ku­dos to Wounded Warriors Canada and Magic Places Cy­cling for putting to­gether such an amaz­ing and im­por­tant an­nual event.

Al Greyson Burling­ton, Ont.

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