(Beaver Dam) The Patriot Tour has surpassed the $1-million-dollar mark in money raised for veterans over the past ten years. Nation of Patriots Founder Bill Sherer made that announcement Saturday at Beaver Dam’s Swan Park, where a flag retirement ceremony was held for the American flag that just returned from a 48-state journey. Since its inception, the Nation of Patriots has assisted more than 400 veterans and their families across the country. Assistance has come in the form of housing, food, clothing, much-needed home and vehicle repairs, medical access and more. The non-profit Nation of Patriots coordinates the fundraising journey that sees a series of flag-bearers carry one American flag by motorcycle, city-to-city, through all 48 contiguous states. Swan Park was packed for the closing ceremony, which followed the arrival of hundreds of bikes through the city’s downtown following its final hand-off from Illinois into Madison and then home to Beaver Dam. The city was named the official home of the Nation of Patriots last year and has been the official launch and homecoming point of the Patriot Tour since 2015.
Watch the ceremony here: