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Jun 6, 2015 11:55 AM

Penacook American Legion hosts wounded veterans

PENACOOK - Wounded veterans Sammy Lugo and Patrick Wickens have never been to New Hampshire.

Friday, they passed through on a motorcycle trip organized by the Road Warrior Foundation, headed from Valcourt, Quebec to Florida. The American Legion Post 31 in Penacook hosted them for dinner.

"It's so heartwarming to see people like this go out of their way to make sure we're comfortable," said Wickens.

"When we heard about this, we jumped at the chance. Sure, come on in," said Ron Drapeau with American Legion Post 31.

The group drove through Mt. Washington and met Legion members at the N.H. Motor Speedway before heading to Penacook.

They are staying the night in Concord before heading on the next leg of the trip to New York. Their final destination is Key West, Florida next week.

"This ride is definitely something that helps us out for all us wounded veterans. It's therapeutic," said Lugo.

That "therapy" included a warm New Hampshire welcome.


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