Patriot Tour Passes Through Gulfport
One flag, 48 states, 100 days and today it made a stop in Gulfport. Every year, the Nation of Patriots organizes a national effort that pays tribute to and honors all of America’s armed forces.
News 25’s Kristen Durand has more on the flag transfer ceremony that took place at the Armed Forces Retirement Home today.
The revving of a Harley Davidson will easily turn heads, but today all eyes were on a well-traveled American flag as more than 100 motorcyclists roared into the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Steve Carrington, director of Harley Owners Group Mississippi Coast Chapter, said, “That is the flag that’s traveled several states already. It left around Memorial Day Weekend, 100 days on the road. It travels every day. It will end up back in Wisconsin around Labor Day Weekend.”
Members of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Harley Owners Group, retired veterans, active duty and friends gathered to salute the flag as this seventh annual Patriot Tour continues on its 48 state, 100 day journey. It was an emotional sight for Vietnam veteran Doris Jones. “Little bit teary-eyed over our flag. It’s an icon of freedom and to have the Harley Davidson group all come together and come over today for this ceremony. It was very special.”
WWII Veteran Marion Ritchie said, “I think it’s a great tribute to veterans.”
The Patriot Tour is a flag run put on by the Nation of Patriots, an all-volunteer organization raising financial support and awareness for wounded veterans and their families. As Major General Mark Brown told the crowd, it’s all about remembering those who have worn the uniform. “Veterans and how many wars we’ve had where we are all very much at their debt, if you will, for their service.”
“Whether they’re active duty or past and the fallen, remember them. As the general said, they’re your neighbors. You don’t have to look far to find one. Shake their hand, honor them, thank them,” said Carrington.