By Alyson Cunningham | Delmar VA Now | Delmarvanow.com | June 1, 2011
BETHANY BEACH â€” On his bicycle journey across the country, Marine Maj. Bill Connerâ€™s friends were never far from his thoughts.
â€œA lot of times when you have a tail wind, the (American) flag will be tapping you on the shoulder,â€ he said about the flag that was flown in Iraq by Maj. Doug Zembiec, who was killed in 2007 during combat. â€œAnytime I felt the flag tapping me on the back, I always thought of Doug just tapping me on the shoulder and saying, â€˜Hey, keep on going.â€™ â€
Conner cycled 3,113 miles from San Diego to Bethany Beach to raise money for the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the military and their families. He ended his trek on May 27 by dipping the front tire of his bike into the Atlantic Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »