On Saturday, May 27 at 10 a.m. an American flag will begin a 14,000-mile, 100-day journey across the U.S. raising funds for wounded veterans and their families.
It’s called the Patriot Tour and it’s presented by the Nation of Patriots®, a national veteran nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to enhance the lives of wounded veterans and their families. The flag travels on the back of a motorcycle, transferred to a new flag bearer at each destination along the route and is escorted by groups of as few as five or as many as 500 riders.
The Patriot Tour will launch from Harley-Davidson of Madison (6200 Millpond Road). At the conclusion of those 100 days more than 150,000 people will have participated in moving the flag city-to-city across the country and back to Wisconsin.
The organization has helped vets across 21 states by raising and distributing more than $500,000 over the last seven years; 100 percent of the funds collected are given directly to veterans in need. The organization is run entirely by volunteers, so the money raised benefits only those for whom it is intended.