Nicole June Reporting
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville welcomed home Paralympics silver medalist and veteran SSG R Heath Calhoun Saturday, April 19 at Appleton’s Harley Davidson.
The welcome home ride began at Outlaw Field with over 300 motorcycles. The procession traveled through Clarksville and ended the ride at Appleton’s with a huge celebration for the local hero.
Calhoun was honored with a proclamation from Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and recognition from County Mayor Carolyn Bowers with his girlfriend and three children at his side.
Hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the special day, and Calhoun took the time to greet each of his fans and let them wear his silver medal.
Calhoun is a wounded warrior who traveled to Sochi, Russia to compete in the 2014 Paralympics, where he won the silver medal in super combined sit-skiing. He lost both his legs while serving with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq in 2003, but moved past his injury to achieve his dream of becoming an Olympian. Read more of his story here.
See photos from the celebration below: