Portions of he following information were submitted by State Farm spokeswoman Anna Bryant and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's office.
Over the past few days, World T.E.A.M. Sports’ 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bike ride came through the National Capital Region and the heart of the commonwealth as part of a 68-day, 3,700-mile journey.
Sixteen bikers began their journey in San Francisco on May 28 and will ride until they reach Virginia Beach on Saturday.
Participating veterans ride bicycles, hand cycles and recumbent cycles in the Sea to Shining Sea ride. They have disabilities ranging from loss of limbs to blindness to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. These veterans served America in wars from Afghanistan and Iraq to Bosnia to Vietnam.
Riders arrived Saturday afternoon at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Sunday morning, they participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery before having the afternoon to relax and tour the greater Washington area.
Monday morning, they suited back up and climbed on their bikes to continue the trek toward Virginia Beach. Monday’s ride took the group by the Iwo Jima Memorial before they hopped onto the Mount Vernon trail toward Fort Belvoir.
At Fort Belvoir, the riders met U.S. Army Col. Greg Gadson — a double amputee veteran who recently appeared in the movie "Battleship" — and toured the Warrior Transition Unit.
Tuesday, the group was greeted by supporters in Richmond's Capitol Square and welcomed to the Executive Mansion by Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Paul Galanti and state Sen. Walter Stosch, a Glen Allen Republican who is also a veteran. Due to a death in the family, Gov. Bob McDonnell was not able to personally welcome them.
The nonprofit World T.E.A.M. organizes the ride to honor the courage of the military and the strength of the American spirit.
The ride, and local portions of it, is sponsored by State Farm, Dominion Virginia Power, MeadWestvaco and the Virginia Automobile Association.