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The Army’s Army Teams Up With Cross Creek Cycling Club to Host Ride To Honor

Tri-county bicycle ride benefiting soldiers, veterans and their families

Fayetteville, NC - May 8, 2012 - The Army’s Army , the world’s only volunteer organization of citizens and businesses who have pledged their moral, physical and spiritual support to those in the military, will be partnering with Cross Creek Cycling Club (C4) to host Ride To Honor. Taking place on Saturday, May 19, the 34 and 61-mile bicycle excursion(s) will help raise money for the Army’s Army and further its mission of supporting soldiers, veterans and their families.

Mendoza Park in Spring Lake will serve as the base camp for cyclists participating in Ride To Honor , which kicks off at 9 a.m. and runs through Cumberland, Lee and Harnett counties. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. and feature remarks by Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitor’s Bureau president, John Meroski, and Spring Lake Mayor, Chris V. Rey. Event sponsors, American Legion Auxillary and Sonic, will also be stationed at the Ride To Honor base camp in Mendoza Park, serving refreshments to cyclists and spectators before and after the ride. Registration is $35 (wounded warriors and riders under the age of 13 are free).

"Ride to Honor helps support important programs for men and women who served our country, as well as their families, so we are honored to serve them through this event," said Mike Thomas, president of C4. "This is a great opportunity to be part of an event that helps soldiers and veterans in Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the surrounding community."

The goal of C4 is to provide people of all riding abilities the opportunity to join and ride with an organization that takes great pleasure in the sport of cycling, the continued development of riders young and old and the support of their personal goals through cycling. Many C4 members, which include active duty and/or retired military, volunteer and participate in several community and charitable events including the Ride to Recovery, the Wounded Warrior ride on Fort Bragg and countless other charity events across the Southeast United States. The club also participates in various non-ride activities that support the community, including "Operation Spin Cycle," which assists wounded soldiers in the Warrior Transition Battalion on Fort Bragg.

The Army’s Army operates three websites strictly devoted to supporting soldiers, veterans and their families:

* FayettevilleWantsYou.com - A site that provides resources for military families relocating to Fayetteville/Cumberland County to help make their transition easier. * FayettevilleMilitaryDiscounts.com - A blog that houses hundreds of military discounts, in one convenient place. * BriefFromTheFront.com - The Army’s Army Executive Director’s blog that covers local news and events of interest to soldiers, veterans and their families.

Currently, the organization is made up of over 1,500 volunteers and dozens of partners that provide various types of military support through programs, such as relocation fairs and events geared towards soldiers, veterans and their families, including children of fallen soldiers.

This event is part of 31 Day Salute, a month-long celebration of performances, exhibits and activities throughout Cumberland County that show appreciation, respect and support for those who serve and have served in the armed forces.

More information about this event can be found on the Ride To Honor Facebook page .

To register for this event, please click here .

About The Army’s Army: Fayetteville/Cumberland County is America’s first sanctuary community for the Military and their Families. The Army’s Army is the world’s only volunteer organization of citizens and businesses who have pledged their moral, physical and spiritual support to those in the military. We do everything we can to make soldiers, veterans and their families feel welcome, appreciated and safe. The Army’s Army is dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us©.” For additional information, visit www.armysarmy.com.