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Show your support to Chris Macklin of Easterseals Military & Veteran Services as he pays tribute to our nation's fallen veterans during a 22-mile solo bike ride.
Chris Macklin is a child of the 70’s and 80’s. In those days, when you were raising money for your team, you asked all your relatives and neighbors to support you in your “walk-a-thon” “ bike-a-thon”, or any kind of “a-thon”. Back then, he was raising money for his football or baseball team. Now, his team is his fellow veterans.
Memorial Day is a day of remembrance. It’s a day for us all to honor those men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. For Macklin, a veteran of the U.S. Army, it is a day to pay homage.
This Memorial Day, he will embark on a 22-mile, solo bike ride in honor of all fallen soldiers. It’s his tribute to the brave who came before, his dad, his father-in-law, several uncles. It’s also his plea for us to come together to help veterans, who bear the scars seen and unseen from their service to our country.
“Each day, almost 22 veterans take their own life,” Macklin said. “I’m not going to stand for that without doing something about it. It’s a battle. PTSD, anxiety, depression, addiction are very real enemies. On Memorial Day, I want to ride for those who lost their life on and off the battlefield.”
That’s when Macklin came up with the idea to make the 22-mile trek on the Loveland Trail.
“I know that the best way to help struggling veterans is come together to provide a sense of community and belonging. I’m hoping that my ride will encourage people to give $22 in honor of a veteran. Just $1 a mile will make up for any pain I might feel during this ride.”
There’s a military tradition to carry the name of a fallen soldier with you. It’s to honor that person for their sacrifice and it serves as motivation to push oneself and get things done for the soldier carrying the name. During his active service, Chris often carried the name of a fallen soldier from his platoon, Private First Class Brian Fiedie of Louisiana.
This Memorial Day, you can support Chris and local veterans through Easterseals Military & Veteran Services with a gift of $22. You can also share the name of a veteran you would like to honor, and Chris will carry those names with him.
Gifts made through Chris’ personal bike-a-thon Ride for Veterans will be doubled by Juliet Tissot up to $2200. “I pledge to help as many veterans as possible with the GiveVets22 campaign. And, I’ll hope you’ll join me in letting veterans know they are loved, they’re appreciated. And probably more than anything else, they would be missed if they are gone.”