Category: Veterans

250. Honor Ride & Run Brings Veterans to Barrington

 About 250 runners and riders participated in Sunday’s third annual Honor Ride and Run through the streets of Barrington, raising an estimated $40,000 to support life changing cycling programs that help our country’s wounded veterans continue in their recovery process.
Funds raised support Ride 2 Recovery, a nonprofit organization that equips wounded veterans with bikes customized to accommodate their injuries.  The organization also offers training and hosts rides for physical and mental benefits that impact veterans’ lives forever.
Participants in Sunday’s event chose between a 5 or 10K run or a 29.5 mile bike ride through Barrington.
The race started with a brief ceremony at the Veterans Memorial in downtown Barrington where participants paused for a few words from Ride 2 Recovery Chief Operating Officer and retired US Army Lieutenant Colonel David Haines.
David was in town for the race from his home in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.  He put the whole mission into new perspective when he shared more about his own personal recovery after he and four fellow soldiers were hit by a roadside bomb while serving our country.
“In 2006 I was assigned to an infantry unit in Baghdad, Iraq and was hurt by a roadside bomb.  I was on a mounted patrol in an up-armored Humvee and was hit on one of the main routes in Baghdad by a bomb that basically shoots molten shrapnel through the armor of the vehicle.”
“There were five people including myself on this vehicle.  One person was killed and all of the three other men who survived lost limbs so it was a very serious incident and I was fortunate enough that, though my injuries were very serious, I managed to keep all of my limbs.”
“But I was evacuated through the system and spent about four months as a patient at Walter Reed and then about two-and-a-half-years rehabilitating after that.  I had shattered my right hand, shrapnel damage to my left arm and shattered my right femur so for my life and for my military career, that was kind of a defining point.”
David says cycling has played a major role in his personal rehabilitation goals, allowing him to stay involved with the military and connect others with the cause, like Barrington Honor Ride & Run Founder and Chicago-based FOX News Channel Correspondent, Mike Tobin……

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Remembering September Eleventh

62. Remember 9/11

 A survivor who was in the Pentagon during the September 11th attacks shared his story in Barrington last week and the community hosted a beautiful memorial service on Sunday to mark the 10 year anniversary.
Families, veterans, police officers, firefighters, elected officials and others from the community gathered in the morning at Memorial Park to remember the attacks, honor the victims and thank those who have devoted their lives to defending our country.…

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Remembering Pearl Harbor Day in Barrington, Illinois

251. Hear Area Veterans and Remember Pearl Harbor

 Barrington veterans sent us all a powerful message today without even speaking a word. They communicated with a solemn display of American flags flying in the icy wind at the corner of Main and Cook Streets.

The flags and a simple message were set up early this morning, a small request for us all to remember this date in history.…

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9.11 Mile Run to Commemorate the Anniversary of the September Eleventh Attacks

160. 9.11 Mile Freedom Run & Family Festival

 As the ninth anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches, the Barrington community is preparing to host a special tradition created to commemorate the date and honor members of the US Military who are helping protect our freedoms and our safety.  At 9:11AM on this upcoming Saturday morning, September 11th, hundreds of runners will take part in Barrington’s annual 9.11 Mile Freedom Run followed by a day-long Family Festival.
The pre race activities will begin at 8AM outside the Metra Station in downtown Barrington this Saturday morning, and the run starts at 9:11 Sharp! If you’re not up for running 9.11 miles, there’s also a 9.11 kilometer (5.6) mile route and you’ll find course maps clicking HERE.  You can register in advance online through this Thursday, September 9th, by clicking HERE.  The registration fee for the 9.11 mile run is $40 and the 9.11 kilometer walk/run is $35.  Registration is either free or deeply discounted for members of the US Military.  The Freedom Run is sponsored by “We Do Care“, a non-profit group that provides ways for us to thank and show support for military personnel and their families.  Here’s a look at a video of the inaugural 9.11 Freedom Run in Barrington.…

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