Wounded, Fallen Honored During Soldier Ride the Hamptons

The welcome spray of cool water from a fire truck at the end of the race. Abbey Allen

It was another successful Soldier Ride for the books, complete with a bicycle ride, walk, and even a performance by Jimmy Buffett. Saturday's ride paid tribute to Lance Cpl. Jordan C. Haerter, a Sag Harbor Marine who was killed in 2008 in Iraq at age 19. The bicycle ride included 30 and 60-mile rides from the Amagansett Farm at 555 Montauk Highway to Sag Harbor, where there was a ceremony at Marine Park. A 5K walk was also held in Sag Harbor. Among the many participants, Team Sam Scram, in memory of the late Tom Collins, a Springs resident and World War II hero, raised more than $5,000. A community picnic followed back at the Amagansett Farm. The day culminated with a dinner and concert by Nancy Atlas in Amagansett Square. Mr. Buffett, who lives on North Haven, gave a "suprise" performance.

Jimmy Buffett gave a surprise performance.David E. Rattray
A wounded rider gave a wave and a smile as he headed out of Amagansett.Morgan McGivern
Morgan McGivern
Local firefighters hung a flag over the Soldier Ride route in East Hampton. Dell Cullum
Two little riders exchanged an American flag.Morgan McGivern
Abbey Allen
Abbey Allen
Richard Valcich of East Hampton went to the Amagansett Farm to support the riders, arriving in style.Morgan McGivern
The festivities at the Amagansett Farm from aboveDell Cullum