MEDFORD, Ore. -- The 9th annual Nations of Patriots Patriot Tour made its stop in Medford Wednesday. It's a 14,500 mile journey over the course of 110 days to help raise money for disabled veterans and their families.
"I'm a 100 percent disabled vet so to me that's very important. For me it's for respect and honor for our wounded veterans and our veterans at large," said Pacific Northwest Old Guard Riders President Patrick Allen.
Motorcycle riders carry the Nation of Patriots’ flag through the 48 continental states.
"Motorcycles and veterans and the flag all tend to represent freedom. People I think look at that. Look at how we ride, we ride for freedom. We're patriotic and I think the flag represents I think the best of America," said veteran and member of the Chico-Southern Oregon Number one HOG chapter Brett Reed.
The flag, along with about 25 motorcyclists arrived at D&S Harley-Davidson in Medford from Eugene Wednesday afternoon. The riders were met by the old guard riders who showed their support.
"It's something to look forward to. It's an accomplishment,” said 91-year-old WWII veteran and Old Guard Rider Harry Howard.
Tomorrow Reed will be the one in this next group to carry the flag on his motorcycle to its next destination, Redding, California.
"It's an honor to be able to carry this flag that represents so much for so many people. People that have fought and died for our freedoms. Veterans that don't have a loved on anymore will be able to reap the benefits of the money that we're raising for them. It’s really an honor and a privilege to be able to do that," Reed added.
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