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Patriot Tour making stop in West Fargo

Earl Cass of Watertown, S.D., left, reads a passage while Craig Johnson, Commander of the West Fargo VFW, middle, and Frank Hebert of West Fargo, right, receive the American Flag during the ride of the National Tour of Patriots Group outside Harley-Davidson in West Fargo, on Thursday, August 25, 2011.

The 2012 Nation of Patriots Motorcycle Tour will once again be making a stop in West Fargo launching their third annual tour around the country in an effort to raise money for families of wounded veterans by escorting the American Flag.

The group will visit Fargo Harley Davidson, 600 West Main Ave., on Friday, Aug. 24, with registration from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., for a $5 voluntary donation to directly benefit veterans.

The ceremony in West Fargo will include the West Fargo VFW Color Guard. Everyone is invited to take in the event and all veterans or anyone else wishing is welcome to ride the next leg of the tour as far as they would like.

The Patriot Tour at Fargo Harley Davidson was conceived and organized by Kat Froslie, Fargo Harley Owners Group Chapter Webmaster. Fargo H.O.G. Road Captains who will be leading the ride and escorting the American flag are Frank Hebert and John Williams.

The Nation of Patriots organized and launched this national effort in 2009 in Wisconsin as a tribute to all of America's Armed Forces - past, present and fallen, to show America's support, thanks, and united pride by assisting the families of wounded veterans.

The great symbol behind the process is carrying one U.S. Flag across the country, in doing so, representing all that the brave men and women in the military have stood for and died for defending the country, as well as continuing to protect the nation's freedom.

The tour lasts 100 days, with riders escorting and carrying the nation's flag 14,000 miles through 48 states to pre-determined locations to help pass the flag, with participation levels expected to be greater than the last year's nearly 90,000 riders.

The group will arrive at the Fargo Harley Davidson from their stop at Glacial Lakes Harley Davidson in Watertown, S.D.; and will proceed from West Fargo to Apol's Harley Davidson in Alexandria, Minn., for the stop before continuing to the next stop with the ride ultimately coming full circle the beginning of September ending up in Wisconsin.

Harley dealerships are the connecting points along the tour, with Harley Owners Group chapters raising funds that are distributed to families of wounded veterans throughout the country.

The Nation of Patriots is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation founded in 2009 by Bill Sherer. A complete map of the 2012 Patriot Tour and more information about the organization can be found at

Anyone who would like to make a donation can do so conveniently online at the Tour of Patriots website