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Gettysburg Hosts Gala 2015 Face of America Finish

By Richard Rhinehart

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, May 13, 2015 – Long after the buses have departed and the grounds at the hosting AllStar Expo Complex at this historic southern Pennsylvania community of Gettysburg cleared, memories remain of a successful conclusion of the 2015 Face of America bicycle ride from World T.E.A.M. Sports.

Stan Clark with Gettysburg dignitaries.

USMC Veteran Stan Clark (center) of Gettysburg coordinated the April 26 Face of America activities at the AllStar Expo Complex for World T.E.A.M. Sports. Photograph by Candi Clark.

On a sunny and warm Sunday afternoon, April 26, nearly 600 disabled and able-bodied athletes from across the United States, Canada and Denmark arrived at the Complex on the grounds of the Eisenhower Hotel. Pedaling under a mammoth flag hung from a Gettysburg Fire Department ladder truck, two 105mm howitzer guns from the U.S. Marine Corps creating an archway, and the World T.E.A.M. Sports archway, the riders completed 110 miles in two days from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Following a brief welcome by World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson, the riders turned to an outdoor lunch featuring barbecue beef sandwiches. A huge dessert table featuring a variety of delicious treats from local Gettysburg volunteers topped off the meal.

During the meal, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Ray Owen of Gettysburg provided musical entertainment. Featuring a variety of folk, bluegrass, blues, country and swing music, Owen has performed across the United States and in Europe.

After the meal, riders had opportunities to examine several pieces of military equipment, including a LAV-25 Light Armored Vehicle from the U.S. Marines. The eight-wheeled amphibious reconnaissance vehicle was popular with many of the riders, who were permitted to climb up and look inside. World T.E.A.M. Sports also offered a big sale from the organization’s trailer featuring past branded clothing and gear from previous events, including the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country ride and the 2014 CanAm Veterans’ Challenge.

As the buses pulled out of the lot for the return to Arlington, a quiet fell over the Expo Complex. World T.E.A.M. Sports and the Face of America riders will be back in April 2016!

Gettysburg Fire Department Flag

The Gettysburg Fire Department used their ladder truck to hang a huge American flag over the ride ending route. Photograph by Candi Clark.


US Marines set up the gateway guns.

Two 105mm Howitzer Guns were placed along the finish lane for the Face of America by members of the US Marine Corps. Photograph by Candi Clark.


The LAV-25 vehicle arrives at Gettysburg.

Marines drive the LAV-25 military vehicle to the exposition area at the Face of America finish in Gettysburg April 26. Photograph by Candi Clark.

Military ROTC members walk through the World T.E.A.M. Sports archway.

Military ROTC personnel walk through the new World T.E.A.M. Sports archway at the Face of America ride conclusion in Gettysburg April 26. Photograph by Candi Clark.


Chris Levi and other riders arrive in Gettysburg.

Veteran Chris Levi of New York state (on hand cycle) arrives at the Face of America finish on April 26. Photograph by Candi Clark.


Veterans Corps' fighter rally car arrives in Gettysburg.

Veterans Corps of America’s fighter rally car takes part in the Face of America ride conclusion in Gettysburg April 26. Photograph by Candi Clark.


Van Brinson at the Face of America conclusion.

World T.E.A.M. Sports CEO and President Van Brinson, center, prepares to welcome the arriving Face of America riders at the AllStar Expo Complex in Gettysburg April 26. Photograph by Candi Clark.

Singer and songwriter Ray Owen.

Singer and songwriter Ray Owen performs at the Face of America lunch in Gettysburg, April 26. Photograph by Candi Clark.


Face of America lunch.

Face of America athletes enjoy an outside lunch in the sunshine in Gettysburg, April 26, 2015. Photograph by Candi Clark.

Buses begin departure from Gettysburg.

Buses begin departing for Arlington from Gettysburg April 26. Photograph by Richard Rhinehart.