President Donald Trump welcomed a group of veterans to the White House, kicking off the annual Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Soldier Ride.
“You’ve earned our freedom with your sweat, blood and your incredible sacrifice,” Trump said. “We salute you, we salute your service and we absolutely the flag you have so courageously protected.”
The idea for the soldier ride was conceived by Chris Carney who rode his bike for charity raising $1 million to support veterans. Since then, wounded veterans have participated in the event. President George W. Bush began the White House tradition of hosting them annually.
“Each of you has carved your place into the history of this incredible nation and I can tell you into our hearts,” Trump said. “It is that love which brings us here today which binds us together as one people and which offers us the hope and promise of a future that is safe and secure and free.”
The event was originally scheduled to take place outdoors at the White House but was moved to the East Room, as a result of the rainy weather in Washington D.C.