Memorial ride raises $5,575 for Wounded Warrior Project
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Cheryl Leone kneels down next to a tree planted in the front yard of her home in honor of her daughter. Family members and friends have contributed items to the planted memorial.
A 100-mile memorial ride held in support of wounded warriors and in memory of a local soldier raised $5,575 for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The ride started at the West Penn Rod and Gun Club and continued to the Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, where a ceremony was held to remember and celebrate the life of SPC Christina Joy Leone, 21, of New Ringgold, who passed away July 11, 2012 in Richmond, Va.
Leone, a CBRN Specialist serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Stewart, Hinesville, GA, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, posthumously awarded; the Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, posthumously awarded; the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Skill Badge Expert Rifle, and was also posthumously promoted to the rank of Specialist.
She was the daughter of Wayne A. and Cheryl L. Leone of West Penn Township.
The Wounded Warrior Project was created to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members, help injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
"Your community is so giving and we are so grateful to be the beneficiary of your beautiful event," said Hannah Picinich, Public Relations, Wounded Warrior Project, in a correspondence email.
The letter continued, "You are such a strong family and community and your story is moving and does change lives when people hear about it."
For more information or ways to help the Wounded Warrior Project, visit their website at www.wwp10.org or call (904) 405-1115.