By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A bike ride on Thursday supported the Wounded Warrior Project, a group formed to give voice to military veterans.

Thirty Warriors took part in a 19-mile bike ride through New York City. It started in Midtown and ended in downtown Brooklyn.

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People throughout the city gathered to cheer and celebrate the heroes.

The Soldier Ride started in New York 17 years ago to raise awareness. The event has expanded across the country.

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“These events are tremendous for the Warriors. It brings them out of isolation, especially now that we’re coming out of the pandemic, gets them connected with like-minded individuals,” said Jonas Harmon, with the Wounded Warrior Project.

“It’s bringing back that brotherhood, that sisterhood, that camaraderie that they once felt in the military, so they can no longer serve, but that doesn’t mean you can’t serve in other ways,” said Nancy Beetstra, with the Wounded Warrior Project.

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Their ride Thursday was just the start. There’s a 25-mile event through Long Island towns Friday, and a Hamptons ride on Saturday. Over three days, the Warriors will bike 70 miles.

CBSNewYork Team