The 10th Annual Boston Wounded Vet Motorcycle Run kicked off in Revere at the Boston Harley-Davidson store and ended with a large gathering in Malden. Thousands of motorcycles rode through the cities of Revere, Saugus, Wakefield, Melrose, and Stoneham pausing at many points along the way for cheering observers. The ride concluded at Anthony’s of Malden where many gathered to enjoy refreshments and hear from Mayor Christenson and the heroes who were honored at this year’s event.
The annual run which began in 2011 was inspired by Corporal Vincent Mannion-Brodeur. In 2008 Army Private Mannion-Brodeur, at just 19 was deployed to Iraq where he served as a Parachute Infantryman in the B-2-505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division and Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Honor Guard. He was critically wounded by an improvised explosive device and suffered deep shrapnel wounds as well as a devastating brain injury along with other injuries. He endured many years of surgeries and countless hours of rehabilitation. Proceeds from the first ride event created an accessible living space for him in his family’s Cape Cod home. Vinnie, who has served as an inspiration for so many around the nation is a recipient of the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
In addition to Corporal Mannion-Brodeur, 2021 honorees included U.S. Army Veteran Christy Gardner from Maine who sustained the loss of both her legs serving overseas; Navy SEAL Dan Cnossen from Kansas who lost both legs serving in Afghanistan; and Army Veteran Mike Liscomb from Maine who was seriously injured in Iraq, resulting in the amputation of his left leg.
The Annual Wounded Vet Motorcycle Run fundraising efforts raise thousands of dollars to support housing modifications of New England's most severely wounded Veterans. Funds are also used in improve the quality of life of disabled veterans. The event has been recognized as one of the largest and most organized motorcycle fundraising rides. Today the group has further expanded from the “They Fought We Ride” motorcycle run honoring wounded veterans of New England to include a Cabin Fever Party, a Police Hockey Game, and various events that raise much-needed money for those who have sacrificed so much. These events serve to raise awareness and funds for veterans injured while in the military and provide financial support to non-profit organizations that support the wounded service members who sustained injuries while serving our country.
For more information, please visit www.theyfoughtweride.com. Click here for additional photos of the event taken by Keren He.
Pictured (front row, from left): Honorees Corporal Vincent Mannion-Brodeur, U.S. Army Veteran Christy Gardner, Army Veteran Mike Liscomb, and Navy SEAL Dan Cnossen