DERRY — Monday will be a memorable day for Derry resident Bill Manning and for the Wounded Warrior Project.
On June 17, Manning dipped the rear wheel of his bicycle in the Pacific Ocean near Astoria, Ore., bound for the East Coast. Fifty days and 3,660 miles later, Manning is set to dip his front wheel in the Atlantic Ocean at Wallis Sands Beach in Rye. His estimated arrival time is between 11:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Celebrating his 70th birthday this year, Manning did not underestimate the challenge of riding cross country. But, in his words, “It is nothing like the challenges faced by our Wounded Warriors and their families every day.”
Manning’s ride to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and to improve the lives of the nation’s Wounded Warriors has raised more than $30,000. The local support expected as Manning rides his final miles through New Hampshire will surely drive that number higher.
Manning is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving between 1960 and 1964. This summer, he is once again in the service of his country, using his bicycle ride across the United States to honor the servicemen and women injured in the quest to keep the country safe and free.
Donations to support Manning and the Wounded Warriors Project can be made throughout the ride at support.woundedwarriorproject.org/individual-fundraising/BillyManning/ or go to Woundedwarriorproject.org, click on Give Back, scroll down to “Looking to support an existing proud supporter?”, click on Search and Donate, and search for Manning.
The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and to provide unique direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
For questions on The Wounded Warrior Project, visit Woundedwarriorproject.org.