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Dracut Veteran Among Honorees At Wounded Vets Motorcycle Ride

May 20, 2018 12:46AM

Chelsean and Brandon Korona (Facebook photo)

Boston’s Wounded Veterans Run is proud to announce its 8th annual motorcycle charity ride on Sunday, May 20, 2018 to help raise money for four New England Veterans who were recently severely injured in overseas combat. 

The 28-mile ride begins at Harley-Davidson in Revere at 1:00 p.m., with registration starting as early as 8:30 a.m., and ends at Suffolk Downs in East Boston at 2:30 p.m. Cost per person, rider and passenger is $20.

Over 6,000 motorcycles are expected to show in support of Boston’s 8th annual Wounded Veterans Run and will kick up their kickstands for the 90-minute motorcycle ride through Malden, Melrose, Wakefield, Saugus, Revere and East Boston to raise money, support and honor Sergeant Brandon Korona of Dracut, Captain Greg Galeazzi, Sergeant Peter Rooney and Corporal Brian Johnston. 

Korona was wounded while serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. Brandon's vehicle struck an improvised explosive device. The injury resulted in the amputation of one leg, and extreme nerve damage.

Those that want to take part in the event but prefer not to ride can meet and greet motorcycle riders, this year’s honorees and Veterans from all over New England at the closing ceremony at Suffolk Downs beginning at 2:30 p.m. featuring music, food, beer tent and guest speakers. 

“It’s inspiring to see how our annual motorcycle ride continues to grow exponentially each year with more riders, more sponsors and others who want to join in on the festivities at Suffolk Downs hours and hours after our ride ends, said Andrew Biggio, founder of Boston’s Wounded Veterans Run. “The four brave Veterans we’re honoring fought on our behalf to ensure our freedom and encountered life impacting results for doing so. The least we can do is ride for them to show how much we value their patriotism and appreciate the sacrifices they made.”

One of the many special guest at this year’s Boston’s Wounded Veterans Run is Hershel “Woody” Williams, who received the Medal of Honor by President Harry Truman for his actions and heroics on Iwo Jima during World War II.

For more information, or to register a motorcycle for the Boston’s Wounded Veterans Run, please visit www.theyfoughtweride.com or the Facebook event page. Donations are also accepted and can be sent to Boston’s Wounded Veterans; 60 Paris Street; East Boston, MA 02128. 

About Boston’s Wounded Veterans Run

Boston’s Annual Wounded Vet Bike Run Inspired by Cpl. Vincent Mannion Brodeur began in 2011. One of the most severely wounded veterans in the nation, Vinnie is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Every year Boston’s Wounded Vet Run will be dedicated to different disabled veterans. Proceeds raised go towards housing modifications, recreational objects, cars, basic living items, and other things that help improve the quality of life for a wounded war hero. The event is sponsored by the Italian-American War Veterans. Boston’s Wounded Vet Run is a 501c3 non-profit charity (47-1461072). Money raised in the name of this organization benefit selected wounded Veterans and charities of their choosing. All volunteers work free and there are no paid staff. They fought, and we ride, a bike run honoring the wounded Veterans of New England. For more information, please visit www.theyfoughtweride.com.

 

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