Today on GMA, Rick Barber stopped by to chat about the 10th annual Patriot Tour happening next week!
The Patriot Tour began as effort to raise funds in support of disabled veterans and their families. Volunteers escort one American flag on a 14,500 mile, 110-day relay through all 48 continental states via motorcycle. Stops are made along the way where a special ceremony is held to pass the flag onto its next bearer.
The ceremony and tour, organizers say, help bring awareness to those forgotten veterans and to raise money for their needs. All funds raised during the tour stay local. Last year, organizers in Acadiana raised over $6,000 and 3 local finalist received financial help.
The Acadiana stop of the 10th Annual Patriot Tour will take place on Thursday, July 25 at Cajun Harley Davidson in Scott. The escorted flag will arrive at 4:30pm on Thursday, July 25. The passing of the flag ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm. Following the stop in Scott, the flag and escort will make their way to Baton Rouge.
Plate lunches will be available for an $8 donation after 11:00 am. Music begins after 3:00 pm and t-shirts will be sold for a $20-$25 donation. All proceeds will stay in Acadiana to directly provide for qualifying veterans.
Barber encourages everyone to come out and see how emotional and moving the ceremony is, and to consider donating to help those who have sacrificed for the country.
For more information on the Patriot Tour and to find out more about the stops visit the Nation of Patriots website. Donations can also be made on that website.