Memorial ride honors Lynchburg military hero Desmond Doss

Published: Nov. 2, 2016 at 3:59 PM EDT
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As theaters around the world prepare to show a new movie about Desmond Doss, the Lynchburg native is getting some local recognition.

Dozens of military veterans and supporters held a memorial bike ride on the Desmond T. Doss Memorial Expressway (501 North) in Lynchburg Wednesday morning. They laid a wreath in Doss' honor along the roadway and held a ceremony, where historians shared Doss' story.

"The important thing was his actions," said Jim Tennant, an organizer of Wednesday's ride. "(Doss) was a conscientious objector and he took a lot of abuse, but he didn't run."

Doss won the Congressional Medal of Honor for saving 75 comrades during World War II. His story is being depicted in "Hacksaw Ridge," a film directed by Mel Gibson that opens nationwide on Friday.