The 2018 Patriot Tour is now complete.
Residents from Beaver Dam and surrounding communities took part in the homecoming of the ninth annual Patriot Tour in Beaver Dam on Saturday, September 8 ending a 110-day cross-country journey. The Patriot Tour is a 14,500-mile journey during which motorcycle riders carry one American flag city-to-city through all 48 continental states to raise money for wounded veterans and their families. It began in Beaver Dam on May 19.
To date in 2018, the Nation of Patriots has raised approximately $200,000 of its $300,000 goal, more than $60,000 of which has already been distributed to 36 wounded veterans across the country, Sherer said, including two service dogs. “We’ve distributed more money already this year than we have in all other years combined,” he said. “Our network and partners are really starting to engage and we’re emerging as a solid player in the veteran-aid space … and we continue to be an all-volunteer organization. That means that 100 percent of the funds raised can be shared directly with wounded vets who need assistance.”
“The Patriot Tour is a unified tribute to each and every one of our nation’s veterans, military personnel and their families,” he said. “We understand their sacrifices and stand in awe of the contributions they have made and do make every day so that all Americans may walk free, live free, be free.”
About the Nation of Patriots • One Man’s Vision; 150,000 Answer the Call
The idea for the Patriot Tour came to Sherer in 2009 while riding in the eastern United States, carrying the American flag on the back of his motorcycle in support of the sacrifices that his friends, mostly veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, had made on behalf of our country. He rode all 33 states east of the Mississippi, raising money for the families of wounded veterans. Ending in Milwaukee, Sherer worked with the VA Hospital there to direct the money he had raised, to military families.
“I realized that my voice was not strong enough to rally a nation,” he said. “So I founded the Nation of Patriots. I wanted to include as many proud Americans as possible to stand with me in a collective salute of appreciation to the U.S. military.”
More than 150,000 riders across the U.S., many of them veterans, have answered the Nation of Patriots’ call each spring since 2010 and volunteered to take part in some portion of the annual Patriot Tour.
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