(Beaver Dam) The dates have been announced for the ninth annual Patriot Tour. The 110-day, 14,000-mile journey has multiple motorcycle riders carry one American flag city-to-city through all 48 continental states to raise money for disabled veterans and their families. The Nation of Patriots announced Monday that the tour will launch from Beaver Dam on Saturday, May 19 and will welcome the flag back home on Saturday, September 8. The official launch location is yet to be determined. Nation of Patriots Founder and Executive Director Bill Sherer says the non-profit is deeply humbled by the support of the Beaver Dam-area community over past several years and have decided to capitalize on that enthusiasm by again launching the Patriot Tour from the city. Sherer says riders, businesses, youth organizations, neighborhoods and more are encouraged to participate. He says (quote) “Beaver Dam is one of the most patriotic communities in this country and we’re counting on a deep level of volunteer support.” In 2017, the Patriot Tour raised just shy of $250-thousand dollars and Sherer says 100-percent was used to assist 67 families from across the country, including ten in Wisconsin. More than 500 riders are expected to escort the flag from Beaver Dam to Fennimore, the first leg of this year’s Tour. Collectively, some 150-thousand riders are expected to participate in the Patriot Tour as it moves the flag throughout the country.
Riders interested in participating are encouraged to pre-register at www.nationofpatriots.org. Each rider is asked to make a $5 donation that will be used to augment funds raised throughout the Tour for distribution to the families of disabled veterans. Volunteers are needed for launch and homecoming festivities in many varied roles, Sherer said. Those interested in taking part can contact [email protected] More information, donor opportunities, photos, video and a complete Patriot Tour schedule can be found at http://www.nationofpatriots.com