The Halfords Help for Heroes Bike Ride is now well underway and today the fund-raising peloton makes its way from the
The Help for Heroes charity was launched in October 2007 and is now very close to hitting its initial target of £6m which will help provide a swimming pool and gym complex at
Six months ago Help for Heroes founders Bryn and Emma Parry, asked cyclists to volunteer to ride through the battlefields of northern
When the riders cross
There will be wreath-laying ceremonies at both the museum and the Cafe Gondree with Madame Gondree, who was a child when the gliders landed, taking part. The bridge and surrounding area has a particular significance to Airborne Forces and was the center of intense fighting by 6th Airborne Division in the
On D Day, June 6 1944, men from D Company Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (now The Rifles) landed by Horsa gliders piloted by men from The Glider Pilots Regiment, (now the Army Air Corps), in an audacious operation to seize the strategically vital bridge over the Orne Canal.
Wounded soldiers of the Parachute Regiment and The Rifles will lay the wreaths and a bugler from The Rifles will sound Last Post and Reveille before sounding The Advance to start the riders on their way.
Pegasus Bridge is a very symbolic start point to the French section of the ride as the action was the first place Allied troops landed in the invasion in their mission to liberate Europe and representatives from the Regiments that took part are now involved in the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. Lieutenant General Richard Shirreff CBE, Commander of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps is one of the cyclists on the ride and his last job was to command 3 Division whose men were engaged in bitter fighting in
By laying wreaths at this key site the riders will seek to remember the fallen of the Second World War and to link the men who fought there, to those who fight and are wounded serving their country today. You can donate to the cause by buying one of the distinctive tri-coloured wrist bands currently on sale in Halfords stores throughout the UK.