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Sam’s Ride for Peace Day 7 Saturday, May 5th
Sam Winstead led his team of Riders for Peace from Tuscarora Creek Park in Leesburg, down the W & OD Bike Trail toward Lafayette Park in Washington DC. Following Sam are great grandson Aidan Janke, Youngsville, NC; grandson Billy Janke, Raleigh; cousin Joe Winstead, Manteo; Fred Mauney, Peachland; Marion O’Malley and Arthur Scherer, Hillsborough; and videographer Barry Student, Washington, DC.
Sam & Co, including support drivers Bert Gurganus, Chapel Hill; Wally Ewalt, Yanceyville; and Ted Zeller, Mebane, plan to gather at Caribou Coffee at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW at 12:30 before proceeding to Lafayette Park for the 2:00pm Rally for Peace.
The Rally will mark the last of a 7 day, 350 mile Ride for Peace launched at the North Carolina Capital last Sunday, and the beginning of the next chapter of 86 year old WW II veteran Winstead’s Peace Making work.
Reporting by John Heuer
The journey began 4/29/12 at 8:00 am leaving from the Capitol Building in Raleigh, NC, with overnight stops in Henderson, NC, Blackstone, VA, The Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring, VA, Culpeper, Middleburg and Leesburg.
Mr. Winstead, an 86 year old retired farmer from Person County, NC, pedaled the entire route for 7 days, including some daunting hills in northern Virginia, with his cousin Joe Winstead, 68, and 64 year old Fred Mauney. Fourteen other bicyclists joined the ride for parts of the route, including Sam’s 15 year old great grandson Aidan Janke, and 30 year old grandson Billy Janke. Support drivers Bert Gurganus, Wally Ewalt and Ted Zeller also accompanied the Ride for Peace for the entire week
Sam led twelve Riders for Peace to a rally at Lafayette Park in Washington DC, and were greeted with cheers by friends who had gathered to welcome them. Speakers at the rally included Jean Athey from Montgomery County, MD Peace Action and National Peace Action co-chair; Michael McPhearson from Newark, NJ, former national executive director of Veterans For Peace and current co-coordinator of United for Peace and Justice; and acclaimed author David Swanson from Charlottesville.
A highlight of the rally was a statement of solidarity from a representative of South Korean Peace Action, Jay Lee. Coincident to Sam Winstead’s Rally for Peace, the South Koreans staged a rally to protest the construction of a US naval base on Jeju Island.
The conclusion of Sam’s Ride for Peace marks the beginning of the next chapter of the 86 year old’s Work for Peace.