More than 300 motorcyclists and other supporters participated in the Ride for Our Heroes on Sept. 24, 2011. The event raised vital support and visibility for the Home Base Program, a partnership of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. The ride routes began in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire. Each starting point held an opening ceremony honoring local military heroes before motorcyclists and their riders set off. The final destination was Manchester, N.H.
At the post-race celebration there, riders and their guests enjoyed live music. Program supporters had the opportunity to enter a raffle for a custom-designed bike from Dirico Motorcycles, signed by music legend Steven Tyler. The Home Base Program provides key resources for service members and their families facing the challenges of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorders, through care, patient and healthcare professional education, community outreach and connection to existing services.
“I’ll remember this inaugural Ride For Our Heroes for many reasons, but none more so than saying I helped do my part on the battlefield abroad and at home with the Home Base Program,” said LTC Warren Bacote, Garrison Commander, Fort Devens, Mass., one of the six starting points for the Ride for Our Heroes.