(Beaver Dam) As many as 1000 riders are expected to escort the American flag from Madison to Beaver Dam on the final leg of its 110-day, 14,500-mile journey, completing the 10th Annual Patriot Tour. The flag is transported through all 48 continental states via a city-to-city motorcycle relay raising funds for and honoring America’s veterans in need.
Nation of Patriots Founder and Executive Director Bill Sherer says everyone is welcome to ride, to line the parade route through downtown Beaver Dam and meet at Swan Park for the 10th annual homecoming ceremony and celebration. “We have so much to celebrate,” Sherer says, “including crossing the $1 million milestone in funds raised and distributed to this point. America’s veterans deserve our deepest respect and highest praise. Anything that the Nation of Patriots can do to ease their burdens, relieve some stress and show gratitude for their service and sacrifice is time and money well spent.”
At noon, the motorcycle procession and several military vehicles will follow the flag in parade formation through Beaver Dam’s downtown to Swan Park. The flag will be retired during a homecoming ceremony that begins in the Park at 1pm. The event also includes a Junior Patriot Tour, the presentation of the Warrior’s Medal of Valor, appearances by state and local dignitaries and Mrs. Wisconsin. There will also be food, refreshments, patriotic activities for all ages and music by One 2 Many Band. Kids will be able to enjoy patriotic face painting, bracelet making for soldiers and veterans through Operations Gratitude and a Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course from Martial Arts America. Also at the event, Wisconsin Remembers: A Face for Every Name is a traveling exhibit that features a photograph for each of the 1,161 Wisconsinites officially listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC.
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.
Beaver Dam was named the Official Home of the Nation of Patriots in 2018 and has been the official launch and homecoming point of the Patriot Tour since 2015. Details about the 10th Annual Patriot Tour Homecoming and ways to get involved, donate and join the celebration can be found at nationofpatriots.org.
(Beaver Dam) Nation of Patriots founder Bill Sherer discusses the return of the Patriot Tour to Beaver Dam on Saturday, September 7. 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. Nation of Patriots volunteer Tracy Probst with Downtown Beaver Dam Inc discusses the events taking place in and around the city in conjunction with the arrival. The Nation of Patriots: Patriot Tour Homecoming return ceremony will be at Beaver Dam's Swan Park at 1pm Saturday. A motorcycle parade will begin at noon on Madison Street, to Front Street then on to University Avenue.
Posted by Daily Dodge on Wednesday, September 4, 2019