NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Now in its seventh year, The Patriot Tour, a 100-day, 14,000-mile journey during which motorcycle riders carry the U.S. flag city-to-city to raise money for wounded veterans launches from Madison, Wisc.
On its way through the lower 48 states it is set to arrive at Empire Harley-Davidson in New Rochelle on June 16, confirmed Bill Sherer, founder and executive director of the Nation of Patriots.
This year’s fundraising goal is $200,000 and contributions of any size are welcome at this link . On Saturday, May 28, patriots from around Wisconsin will gather at Harley-Davidson of Madison to both honor those who fight to protect this great nation and send off the American flag that will make its way across this country raising awareness to the needs of veterans and their families.
From Madison, the flag will travel to Woodstock, Illinois before heading east. More than 150,000 riders across the U.S. are expected to take part in the tour before its return to Wisconsin on Saturday, September 3. In 2015 The Patriot Tour raised and distributed $140,000 to wounded veterans and their families in New York and across the U.S.
“It’s important for people to understand that every dollar they contribute to this effort directly benefits wounded vets and their families,” Sherer said. “We’ve already raised $15,000 and the Tour has not even begun.”
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.
"I realized that my voice was not strong enough to rally a nation,” he said. “So I founded the Nation of Patriots."
Riders interested in participating locally or across the country are encouraged to pre-register at this link . Each rider is asked to make a $5 donation that will be used to augment funds raised throughout the tour for distribution to the families of wounded veterans.
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