2018 Patriot Tour

David Bishop and Richard Williams participated in the local transfer of the Patriot Tour flag last year at the Princeton Welcome Center at the West Virginia Tourist and Information Center along U.S. 460, just east of Princeton.

PRINCETON — A nationwide patriot organization will arrive in Princeton on August 10, to raise funds and awareness for veterans in need.

The 10th Annual Patriot Tour will make its arrival in West Virginia at the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial at the West Virginia Tourist Information Center at 186 Greasy Ridge Road at noon. After a presentation and flag transfer ceremony, the flag will be departing for Virginia.

“Almost as rewarding as meeting the families who have been helped by the Nation of Patriots is being able to look a donor in the eye and confidently tell them that 100 percent of their donation will be placed in the hands of a veteran in need,” Bill Sherer, executive director of the Nation of Patriots, said in a release.

The tour, lasting for 110 days, transports an American flag 14,500 miles across the continental states. The flag is transported via motorcycle, from one location to the next.

According to the press release, one hundred percent of proceeds collected go to fund disabled veterans and their families. Donations can be given on the location of the tour stops, online at nationofpatriots.org, or by mail to Nation of Patriots, P.O. Box 73, Sussex, Wisconsin 53089.

As the organization is entirely volunteer-run, with costs being covered by corporate sponsors, according to the release, the entire collection of funds goes toward their efforts.

On May 18, the 10th annual tour began in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Thus far the tour has traveled through the Southeast, Midwest, South, Pacific Northwest, Southwest, West, and now the East.

Since the first tour in 2009, the organization hs collected nearly $1 million. “We’re working to spread the message and blow the doors off of our fundraising goals. Our disabled veterans need and deserve all the support we can provide,” Sherer said in the release.

For more information on the Patriot Tour visit nationofpatrionts.org.

Contact Emily D. Coppola at ecoppola@bdtonline.com