(Beaver Dam) A retired Beaver Dam firefighter and United States Coast Guard veteran will serve as flag bearer during the Patriot Tour’s trek through Wisconsin this weekend. The Patriot Tour raises money for veterans by taking one American flag through all 48 continental states via city-to-city motorcycle relay. The 110-day, 14,500-mile tour was reconfigured to a virtual format due to the coronavirus but last week shifted to in-person flag transfers for the remaining 20 states.
The Patriot Tour returns to its home-city of Beaver Dam this Saturday (July 25th) and will be welcomed with a noon route through the city and a 1pm flag transfer at Ooga Brewing. Beaver Dam native Jeff Fuhrman will receive the America flag at Ooga and transport it to Fennimore, Wisconsin. The flag will then depart Sunday for Iowa. Fuhrman says he is proud to be involved with the Patriot Tour, noting their commitment to helping veterans in need.
Saturday’s police escorted route through Beaver Dam will follow Highway 33 to 151 South, exit Highway D, travel north to Madison Street, then take Front Street east to South Spring and then right to Ooga Brewing. Riders and the community are encouraged to stay for a socially-distanced brew at Ooga. Last year, the fundraiser for veterans eclipsed the $1-million-dollar mark in funds collected for veterans throughout their first ten years.
Listen to Jeff Fuhrman and Brad Weber from the Nation of Patriots on WBEV’s Community Comment: