Last weekend, Soldier Ride took place in the Hamptons. The annual event , held to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project , is in honor of Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter, a Sag Harbor native, who was killed in Iraq at the age of 19. The bike ride began in Amangasett at Ocean View Farm and included a rest stop as well as tribute to Haerter. After the stop the warriors took a Heroes lap around Main Street, and proceeded across the Haerter Memorial Bridge, while many cheered and saluted these veterans. In addition, a navy helicopter lowered a wreath onto the bridge.
While photographing the tribute and rest stop in Sag Harbor, I met some of these brave men. Among them were a group of Israeli soldiers, as well as a group of six from Britain.
The Wounded Warrior’s mission is to honor and empower warriors, and there was a lot of that going around. Children, girl scouts and much of the crowd were happy to help the warriors on their stop, passing out fruit, water and words of encouragement. High tech limbs were delivered for their break, and it was an honor to meet and greet these brave men.