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Bikers set out on 15-thousand mile journey for veterans

BEAVER DAM (WKOW) — One flag is traveling nearly 15-thousand miles with 150-thousand riders, over 110 days. 

The ninth annual Patriot Tour launched from Beaver Dam Saturday morning, on Armed Forces Day. During the tour, bikers carry the flag city-to-city through all 48 continental states to raise money for disabled veterans and their families.

The motorcyclists are from across the nation, but many are from Wisconsin. 

"It’s the least that we can do to at least raise awareness and raise money in hopes to support them. It’s an issue in our country. Our veterans are not taken care of as they should," said Kelsey Stokstad, with the Patriot Tour.

100 percent of the money raised goes to the veterans and their families.

About 400 riders came out to start the ride in Beaver Dam. The bikers headed to Fennimore, where they’ll leave at 11 a.m. Sunday, headed to the next stop in Waukon, Iowa. Riders are welcome to join at any point along the way. The ride ends back in Beaver Dam on Saturday, September 8.

Click here for a complete route of the ride. 

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