‘Ride 2 Recovery’ at Apache Pass Monday

Hot dogs, drinks for public to cheer wounded veterans

Nearly 200 combat-wounded American veterans will make a stop at Apache Pass during the noon hour Monday and the public is invited to attend.

Ride 2 Recovery assists the veterans to rehabilitate “both physically and mentally” from injuries sustained in war, according to Christopher Swan, spokesman.

Veterans ride their specially-made “wheelchair bicycles” and other wheeled vehicles 60 to 100 miles a day in grueling challenges, Swan said.

MEAL—The riders are due around noon and sponsors Brookshire Bros., Walmart and the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to offer the public free hot dogs and drinks “as long as they last,” according to Linda Worley, Apache Pass spokesperson.

VFW Auxiliaries from Rockdale and Thorndale will serve, she said.

Ride 2 Recovery participants will be fed from a United Services Organization’s (USO) food truck.

“We want everyone to come out and honor these heroes,” she said. “We are expecting them about noon Monday at the Apache Pass pavilion,” Worley said.

The veterans will relax and rest briefly at Apache Pass before continuing their ride.

“I couldn’t imagine a better spot for our soldiers to have lunch, ” Swan said.

Apache Pass is eight miles northwest of Rockdale on FM 908.

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