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A veteran riding his bike from Florida to the 9-11 Memorial in New York hopes to gain recognition for a soldier who lost his life trying to save his comrades.
Fox 29′s Drew Dickman has his story.
On Sunday, his long journey brought him to Philadelphia.
Harry Conner began his trip to New York City back in April, but has run into some bumps along the road, even spending some time in the hospital.
Conner chose the Freedom Towers as his destination because he calls it a symbol for the War on Terror.
A war in which Sgt. Alwyn Cashe lost his life.
Harry Conner keeps pedaling for a purpose.
“I started out in Orlando, Florida, and through yesterday I’ve got 1,113 miles,” he said.
He carries 50 pounds of necessities, and the hope Sgt. Alwyn Cashe will one day be a recipient of the Medal of Honor.
“Sgt. Cashe’s bravery was far above and beyond the call of duty,” Conner said.
In October 2005, Cashe escaped an ambush and IED attack unharmed in Iraq.
Covered in fuel, he returned to a burning vehicle to try and pulled out six others.
Cashe later died from severe burns, but is credited with saving the lives of two soldiers.
“I’ve calculated that he had to have been on fire between 4 minutes and 15 seconds and four and a half minutes,” Conner said.
A veteran himself, Conner also served in the Army for eight years back in the 70s.
He never met Cashe, but feels connected to him.
“Sgt. Cashe was a drill sergeant, so was I. Sgt. Cashe was in the 3rd infrantry, so was I,” he said.
The 62-year-old said he’s been biking for 32 days now.
“Little bit lonely, but I’ve got plenty to think about along the way,” Conner said.
Despite traveling more than a thousand miles, he’s not hitting the brakes.
“In comparison to what Sgt. Cashe on October 17th of 2005 riding a bicycle 1100 miles is a walk through the park,” Conner said.
In the course of his journey, Conner said he’s formed a relationship with Cashe’s family.
He hopes the relationship he’s forming with the road will help pay tribute to Cashe’s legacy.
“I really think everybody needs to do something really good for somebody else once in their life, and hopefully this is mine,” Conner said.
Conner hopes to reach the 9-11 memorial by Wednesday.
Sgt. Cashe was awarded the Silver Star posthumously, but Conner is among many who believe he deserves the Medal of Honor.
To see more chronicles of Conner’s journey, please visit his Facebook page.