5/29/17 – The Nation of Patriot’s ride launched its 48-state tour Saturday morning in Madison and once again a contingent from Beaver Dam headed to the send-off. The motorcycle ride was started six years ago by a Waukesha-native with the goal of providing financial support to the families of wounded servicemen and women. As part of the ride, one flag is taken to each state in the lower 48. There are 100 ceremonial flag handoffs throughout the country, and each leg has a flag-bearer who fly’s the flag on the back of their bike. The ride has ended in Beaver Dam for the past several years at Hogz and Honeez. Tim Fletcher owner of the tavern says about 150,000 riders will participate this year from around the country with about 200 from the Beaver Dam area. He says in years past they have gone to Woodstock for the first stop, this year they are heading to Waukon Iowa. Each stop in the continental US is an opportunity to fundraise. Last year, the tour rose close to $160,000 and Fletcher says each year they have been able to increase that number. He says this ride is the perfect opportunity to thank the people who have defended our rights as Americans. The Nation of Patriots ride concludes September in Beaver Dam after logging 14-thousand miles in 100 days.