The Patriot Tour Begins Journey Back to Wisconsin
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All funds directly benefit wounded vets and their families. The public is welcome and encouraged to participate, to volunteer, to contribute.
The Patriot Tour, a 100-day, 14,000-mile journey during which motorcycle riders are carrying our nation’s flag city-to-city through all 48 continental states to raise money for wounded veterans and their families, has reached the west coast and will soon turn east to begin the journey home to Wisconsin for the September 3 Homecoming Ceremony and Celebration in At the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, confirmed Bill Sherer, founder and executive director of the Nation of Patriots.
“It’s important for people to understand that every dollar they contribute and that has been contributed to this effort all across the county directly benefits wounded vets and their families,” Sherer said. “The Nation of Patriots is an entirely volunteer organization so every last dollar raised benefits those for whom it is intended.”
In 2015 nearly $140,000 was raised and distributed to families of wounded veterans in Wisconsin and across the U.S. This year’s goal is $200,000 and contributions of any size are welcome at www.nationofpatriots.com.
Last year, more than 500 riders participated in the final leg of The Patriot Tour, escorting the flag from Madison to and through Beaver Dam as hundreds of residents lined the parade route through downtown Beaver Dam, showing their support for The Nation of Patriots and the men and women of the armed forces. Having outgrown the space at Hogz & Honeez, The Patriot Tour has relocated the homecoming ceremony and celebration to the Dodge County Fairgrounds in an effort to accommodate greater rider- and community participation.
On Saturday, September 3, riders will depart Harley-Davidson of Madison at noon, accompanied by police escort, arriving in Beaver Dam by 1 p.m. for a parade beginning at the south end of Madison Street, turning east on Front Street and continuing east through the city and ending at the Dodge County Fairgrounds on Highway 33 East. At the fairgrounds, the flag will be escorted to the stage for the 3 p.m. homecoming ceremony by The Junior Patriot Tour -- comprised of young community members -- and the 2016 flag will be retired. The celebration will follow from 4-5 p.m. with music, food and refreshments.
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