(Baton Rouge, Louisiana) The Patriot Tour is rolling down that eastern seaboard this week. 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. The ride started the week in South Carolina before making its way to Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky. During a recent stop in Baton Rouge Louisiana, Roland Sanchez had his first opportunity to be a flag bearer after five years of volunteering with the organization; he brought Old Glory to Slidell, Louisiana. Sanchez says it was (quote) “a big honor [and] humbling to be asked to carry the flag.” He says that it’s the passing of the flag ceremony that really hits home. The flag departed downtown Beaver Dam in May and is due back for a ceremony at the city’s Swan Park the Saturday after Labor Day. The Patriot Tour is hoping to surpass the one-million-dollar mark in money raised for veterans over the past ten years. The Patriot Tour is wrapping up the week in West Virginia.
Photo on left: In Baton Rouge: left, April Davis, Sergeant First Class; center, Paul Aubert, Regional Commander for the Nation of Patriots; right, Roland Sanchez, U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard veteran, receiving the flag from April Davis during the passing of the flag ceremony.