East Hampton resident Chris Carney was singled out by President Barack Obama at a ceremony for the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride in Washington D.C. on May 4, according to a report from the White House.
Veterans and military families lined up on the South Lawn with their bicycles as part of the project to help wounded soldiers recover from the injuries. The president said the event served as a reminder that all Americans can do something to support the troops.
"So seven years ago, a bartender from Long Island had the same idea. He wasn’t from a military family. He had never served in the military. But he knew that he owed our military something. He was just an ordinary American who was grateful for the service of all those who wear the uniform. And he said, 'I just wanted to give something back'," the president told the crowd. "So he jumped on his bike and rode across the country -- over 5,000 miles -- to raise funds and awareness for our wounded warriors."
Soldier Rides are held across the country, including in . "That’s the difference a single person can make. Today we want to thank Chris Carney and everyone from the Wounded Warrior Project for reminding us of our obligations to each other as Americans," the president said.
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