Portsmouth park on Wounded Warrior's stop


PORTSMOUTH — Those cleaning up the Anne M. Hutchinson Memorial Park at Founder's Grove Saturday got a surprise visitor decked out in heavy motorcycle gear.

Bruce Garry, a member of the Wounded Warrior Project, hopped off his motorcycle and walked into the park around 11:30 a.m., then asked someone to take his picture posing in front of the large rock bearing the names of the Portsmouth Compact signers.

Founder's Grove was just one of the many stops included on the "Tour of Honor" motorcycle ride to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit that helps injured service members. During event, which began April 1, riders visit memorials and monuments around the continental U.S. and Hawaii, with 40 states and one Canadian province participating this year.

"This monument was selected as one of four in Rhode Island," said Mr. Garry, who lives in Moultonborough, N.H. and concentrated his ride around the New England states. On Saturday he hit Boston, Cape Cod and Rhode Island — about 560 miles in 13 hours.

"Today I'll have done all 24 sites in New England," he said, adding that he's logged about 3,000 miles total.

One of his biggest challenges, however, was getting to Founder's Grove.

"It was difficult to find. My GPS didn't help," he said. "They don't have a sign of any kind."

For more about the Wounded Warrior Project's Tour of Honor, visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org or www.tourofhonor.com.


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