By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — A Derry veteran has started a cross-country journey to support his fellow soldiers.
Bill Manning, 70, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, is riding his bicycle across the country to support the Wounded Warrior Project.
He served in the military from 1960 to 1964.
Manning left June 17 from the coast of Oregon after dipping his wheel in the Pacific Ocean. He will ride for 50 days and 3,660 miles en route to Rye, where he will dip his wheel in the Atlantic Ocean.
Prior to his ride, Manning said taking on this challenge was a great physical mission, making him train on a daily basis.
“It’s nothing like the challenges faced by our wounded warriors and their families,” Manning said.
He plans to ride up to 50 miles a day and said he looked forward to seeing the country’s scenery while on the road.
He has ridden across American before to support other charities, including the American Heart Association and Pan-Mass Challenge.
He received many donations to support his ride, including a $5,000 donation from the Halcyon Club in Derry. So far, Manning has totaled approximately $28,000.
The Wounded Warrior mission raises money and awareness for the needs of injured servicemen and women to provide programs and support.
To support Manning and learn more the about Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.