“Every town in America ought to be just like Carlisle.”
– Comment by a Wounded Warrior
Here’s a report by Doug Stevenson, 2011 Chairman, Carlisle Board of Selectmen:
On Friday, Aug 25, 2011, approximately 30 wounded soldiers themselves biked 15 miles exclusively through the streets of Carlisle to warm up for Saturday’s public ride. Many Town residents took the time to send them off or stand on their streets to cheer these fine Americans on. Following the ride, these wounded veterans from all over the country ate lunch provided by Ferns and enjoyed Kimball’s Ice Cream (Incidentally, the same group went to Fenway Park Friday night to watch the game – compliments of the Boston Red Sox and 6 or so of the riders were honored before the game – as they rode out onto the field the 30K fans gave them a standing ovation).
The Board of Selectmen recognized this event by signing a proclamation designating Friday and Saturday Wounded Warrior Days in Carlisle. On Saturday, 500 riders started at the North Bridge – sent off by Curt Schilling – and rode 25 or 45 miles to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. The riders included 40 or so wounded veterans – having debilitating wounds received in war. It was quite a moving site to see these men and women roll into Carlisle center where 20+ Carlisle volunteers – including many youngsters – handed out water and moral support. They praised the community support that they received from Carlisle – and are planning on coming back next year. Good job Carlisle!