President Joe Biden welcomed members of the Wounded Warriors Project to the White House on Thursday for the annual Soldiers’ Ride, praising current and former military service members as the “backbone of America.”
More than two dozen veteran and active duty soldiers rode two laps around the South Lawn as part of the multi-day cycling event. The tradition of the White House Soldier’s Walk began in 2008.
“You are the best America has to offer,” Biden said. “You embody the soul and spirit of the nation.”
The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2003 and helps veterans and the families and caregivers of service members who suffered physical or mental illness or injury while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.
First Lady Jill Biden as well as Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, also attended Thursday’s ride, which went off as planned in light rain.
The first lady thanked veterans for their service and acknowledged that the path to “recovery is not a straight line” for many who suffered catastrophic injuries while serving.
“There’s a saying in the cycling community that some of you might be familiar with: it never gets easier, it just goes faster,” she said. “I think there’s also some truth about recovery in that saying.”