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Hero Ride pays respects at CWGC Air Forces Memorial

16 June 2015

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is supporting Help for Heroes, the charity for the war-wounded, in their flagship 'Hero Ride' annual fundraiser this month. 

This year's event will see 2,000 cyclists taking on one of ten different routes across England and France to raise money for individuals and families affected by life-changing injuries or illnesses that have occurred whilst in service.

The week long ride culminates on 21 June, with participants from each of the ten rides uniting in a demonstration of support for the British Armed Forces.

From a rally point in Old Windsor, Berkshire, cyclists will ride 10 miles together, pausing on the way for a signature Help for Heroes photograph at the CWGC's Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, before finishing the ride with celebrations at Windsor Racecourse.

Deirdre Mills, CWGC Director United Kingdom and Northern Area, said:"Cyclists will form a "Help for Heroes" medal configuration in front of the memorial. They will then take part in a wreath laying ceremony in remembrance of all the Second World War casualties commemorated at Runnymede."

"The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is pleased and proud to be supporting Help For Heroes and we are delighted that so many visitors will be able to pay their respects at one of our most important places of remembrance."

20,000 Air Force service personnel are commemorated on the memorial which marks those lost in operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe and who have no known grave.

Full press release