FALCONER - Plans have been finalized for the 2012 Patriot Tour event at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown which consists of one American flag journeying across the country in honor of America's Armed Forces for the third year in a row.
The flag will arrive from Erie Harley-Davidson on June 2 at noon. It will depart Harley-Davidson of Jamestown on Sunday, June 3 at 9 a.m. The flag will then be heading to American Twin Harley-Davidson in Painted Post, N.Y.
The Patriot Tour is a 100-day, 48-state journey in which thousands unite to help pass the flag while they honor past, present and fallen Armed Forces members and their families. The flag will be transported city-to-city by motorcycle enthusiasts and proud Americans who want to show their support for military members, their families and the nation. The Patriot Tour Event at Harley-Davidson of Jamestown was conceived and organized by Chautauqua-Kinzua HOG. The Patriot Tour and The Nation of Patriots, the non-profit 501(c)3 organization behind it, were conceived by Milwaukeean Bill Sherer, founder of The Nation of Patriots and his team. Sherer was the lone rider and flag bearer on the 2009 Patriot Tour, traveling through all 33 states east of the Mississippi on his motorcycle and, at his own expense, raising awareness and money for the families of wounded veterans. He ended the tour in Milwaukee and worked with the VA Hospital there to direct the money he had raised to military families.
Last year, more than 90,000 riders participated in the Patriot Tour, a fundraiser for wounded veterans.
The flag will again travel some 14,000 miles as riders from all 48 states will accept the flag at predetermined locations. Participation levels are expected to be greater than last year's nearly 90,000 riders, many of them veterans, with events planned in all 48 states to raise awareness of the Nation of Patriots' cause financially supporting families of wounded veterans.
A complete map of the 2012 Patriot Tour and more information about the organization can be found at www.nationofpatriots.org.