MADISON (WKOW) -- The first leg of a cross-country tour by motorcycle riders to honor wounded veterans will kick off Saturday, May 27 in Madison.
On Wednesday, Bill Sherer and Brad Weber stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the annual event.
Since 2009 The Nation of Patriots has been dedicated to improving the lives of wounded veterans and their families. The organization does this primarily through The Patriot Tour, a 100-day, 14,000-mile journey of one American flag across the US on the back of a motorcycle.
The Tour begins on Memorial Day weekend in Madison and ends the weekend following Labor Day in Beaver Dam. During those 100 days, the flag is passed city-to-city and escorted collectively by more than 150,000 riders as they make their way through all of the lower 48 states and raise funds for the cause.
Unlike so many organizations of this type, The Nation of Patriots is comprised entirely of volunteers so that 100 percent of the funds raised can be used to aid those vets in need. The Nation of Patriots organization and The Patriot Tour were founded by Sherer in 2009 after he witnessed the difficulties that his friends returning from Iraq and Afghanistan were encountering in securing the benefits they had earned, in adjusting to civilian life and in finding solid employment opportunities. Eight years later, Nation of Patriots has raised over $500,000 and provide financial assistance to wounded vets and their families across 21 states. In 2016 alone the Tour raised over $180,000 which was donated to 80 different families.
May 27 will launch the 2017 Patriot Tour from Harley-Davidson Madison at 10 a.m. with an opening ceremony and dedication before departing Madison for Waukon, Iowa.
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