With ‘humble voice,’ City Hall honors wounded veterans
Mayor Dana Williams and the Park City Council on Thursday honored the disabled veterans who stopped in the city while on a cross-country bicycling trek, something the elected officials had indicated they wanted to do to as preparations were made for the visit.
The City Council adopted a resolution commemorating the Sea to Shining Sea trek, which started in San Francisco on Memorial Day and is scheduled to arrive in Virginia Beach, Va., in late July. The riders stopped in Park City on Thursday.
"Park City takes great pride and with a humble voice, acknowledges the sacrifices made by those in the armed forces . . . ," the resolution reads in part.
It also says the people on the trek are putting forth "extraordinary efforts on the journey." They provide a "dramatic example that disabled Americans can lead productive lives and accomplish remarkable athletic feats," the resolution says.
The riders "represent the ideals of patriotism, and bravery which are cornerstones of this great society," it reads.
City Hall began talks with the Sea to Shining Sea organizers last fall about a stop in Park City during the 2012 edition of the trek, the second time it has been done.
The Sea to Shining Sea ride involves 16 wounded veterans who served in wars starting in the Vietnam War. Others were injured in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Bosnian conflict. Several other wounded veterans join the riders on parts of the journey.
The riders are traveling on different sorts of bicycles depending on their capabilities. Some are on road bikes and others are using handcycles or recumbent bicycles. Handcycles are powered by a rider’s arms. Recumbent bicycles allow someone to pedal while in a seated position.
The cross-country ride will cover 3,698 miles through 14 states. The riders arrived in Park City from Salt Lake City. They left on their way to Roosevelt.
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