(Beaver Dam) The Patriot Tour is in Iowa today, two days after launching from its new official home in Beaver Dam. The Nation of Patriots coordinates the 110-day, 14,500-mile journey that sees multiple motorcycle riders carry one American flag, city-to-city, through all 48 continental states to raise money for veterans and their families.
The ride had ended in Beaver Dam in the past, but until now a small contingent had always left the city for the official send-off site in Madison. In its ninth year, Beaver Dam became the official home, followed by a new stop Fennimore, Wisconsin, which was chosen because of its exceptional support of the event over the years.
Brad Weber with the Nation of Patriots says the true purpose of the effort is to honor our hero’s: servicemen and women for their courage, dedication and sacrifices in defending our honor, duty and country. He says a person cannot help but feel awed by the enormity of the event.
In 2017, the Patriot Tour raised just shy of $250-thousand dollars. One-hundred-percent of the money was used to assist 67 families from across the country, including ten in Wisconsin. This year, the fundraising goal is set at $300-thousand dollars. Collectively, some 150-thousand riders are expected to participate in the Patriot Tour as it moves the flag throughout the country.
Volunteers are needed for homecoming festivities in many varied roles. 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
Watch the Patriot Tour launch courtesy of the Nation of Patriots Facebook page: