Yesterday afternoon, AMVETS was on hand at the White House as President Barack Obama kicked off Wounded Warrior Project's White House to the Light House bike ride.
Started in 2005, the annual ride takes participants on a 65 mile trek from Washington, D.C., to Annapolis, Md., to demonstrate the strength and resolve of our nation's wounded troops, and to build camaraderie.
The President, along with Defense Secretary Roberts Gates, VA Secretary Erik Shinseki, and Assistant VA Secretary Tammy Duckworth, sent the riders off with inspiring words about their sacrifices, their resolve, and the nation's gratitude for their service and inspiration.
The riders will cover the 65 miles over the next three days raising awareness of the challenges facing our returning heroes, as well as raising funds to assist wounded warriors.
(Photos: Top: Onlookers greet riders from Wounded Warrior Project in the annual White House to the Lighthouse ride, as they depart from the south lawn of the White House on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Bottom: President Obama addresses the riders prior to kicking off the ride, alongside secretaries Gates and Shinseki, and Assistant Secretary Duckworth. Photos by Jay Agg.)