The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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September 7, 2011

Army Spc. to take part in 9/11 bike ride

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 — People choose to remember the events of Sept. 11, 2001 in different ways.

Army Specialist Matthew Cooke is remembering 9/11 with a week-long bicycle ride this year.

Cooke was wounded in the 2009 shootings at Fort Hood when he shielded another officer, Sgt. Howard, with his own body. Cooke was shot four times and had multiple surgeries.As part of his recuperation, Cooke has participated in a number of rides with Ride 2 Recovery and Wounded Warriors.

This month, in memory of Sept. 11, 2001, Cooke is taking part in a Ride 2 Recovery ride.

“We have assembly on the 10th of September,” Cooke said.

“We have registration, and we meet at Ground Zero.”

Those participating in the ride will meet at a memorial service that afternoon at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

“We start riding on the 11th,” Cooke said.

“The first day, we go from Liberty Park to Princeton, New Jersey.”

The memorial ride ends at the Pentagon, in Arlington County, Va.

“We start on the 11th, and then we end on Sept. 18,” Cooke said.

He is excited to take part in the ride this year, he said.

Cooke is the son of Diane Frappier of Norwood.


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