We completed every hike last year with flying colors, but in doing so, my foot went over the edge. I will be getting surgery at the VA (bless them!) this spring and hope to be on the road again in May or June. It would be wonderful to host a guided tour of the Battle of Baltimore on Flag Day, but for right now, let’s just say I’m planning some training hikes this summer and fall, and intend on hitting the road in November for the big trek.
A Hike Through History
In the early morning hours of Flag Day on Tuesday, June 14, Terry and his hiking companion, a German Shepherd named Karlos, will begin their journey with a dawn amphibious landing on the beach of North Point, on the grounds of the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, where the British landed in 1814 with the intent of sacking Baltimore.
His 18-mile trek will follow British army’s route to the site of the Battle of North Point, where the British general who ordered the burning of DC met his end. After resting a few minutes, the New Windsor resident and his dog will set off on the long trek to Fort McHenry.
His trail will then pass down Eastern Ave., past the Flag House in Little Italy, through the Inner Harbor and back to Ft. McHenry, where he’ll plant a 15-star “Stars and Stripes” flag.
“It’ll be an easy jaunt, compared with the 50-mile trek on April 28th from Paca St. in Baltimore to Emmitsburg,” smiles Terry. That morning was filled with strong winds, tornado warnings and buckets of rain as he followed Route 140 north and west. It was the path taken by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, in the early 19th century as she journeyed to Emmitsburg to create the Mother Seton School.
Terry, who left Baltimore at 3 a.m. and arrived in Emmitsburg 18 hours later at 9 p.m., noted that there were many times when he was tempted to give up.
“But at the end of every hike, there’s veterans with no legs sitting in a wheelchair that were ready to take on the world for their country, and now they just need our help,” he said.
“The Sentinels of Freedom give life scholarships to life scholarships to worthy veterans who have shown that they want to excel and succeed despite massive disabling wounds,” explains Terry.
“The Ed Mahoney Scholarship Foundation was formed by my family after the tragic death of our father aboard USAir Flight 427 on September 8, 1994. Our father valued continuing education, and so the Sentinels of Freedom is a fitting choice for this year’s donation,” he explains.
More Major Hikes Planned
Terry is also planning a 90-plus mile trek from Lieutenant General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller’s birthplace near Williamsburg, Virginia, to the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia, ending on Puller’s birthday, June 24th. “Chesty” Puller is the most decorated and beloved Marine in the history of the Corps.
He also plans to take on the Four State Challenge later in the year, which involves hiking the Appalachian Trail from Pennsylvania to Virginia, a distance of about 45 mountainous miles, in just one day. “All of these treks will serve to publicize the November event, and hopefully appeal to people with different interests,” says Mahoney.
All funds raised will be deposited only into accounts controlled by the Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region. Tax deductible donations can be sent to: The Ed Mahoney Scholarship Foundation, c/o The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, 1201 15 St. NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005, or The Ed Mahoney Scholarship Foundation (CFNCR), C/O Harvest Bank of MD, 37 N Market St., Frederick, MD 21701, or donations can be made via PayPal at EdMahoneyScholarship@CFNCR.org
(from the Pay Pal Home page, use the Send Money tab). People can follow Terry’s training at www.elmfund.wordpress.com and on Facebook at The Ed Mahoney Scholarship Foundation.
Terry is covering the cost of any equipment or goods required for this project so that all funds raised can go directly to Sentinels of Freedom.