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'Proud to be an American': Lindgren carries Patriot Tour flag from here to Fargo

Eric Lindgren, left, of Alexandria, transfered the American flag to Dale Mowry of Fargo in a Memorial Day ceremony at Harley Davidson in West Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor)1 / 3
Eric Lindgren (middle), member of the Alexandria Composite Squadron, a unit of the Civil Air Patrol, received the Patriot Tour flag from Henry Akyenga at Apol's Harley-Davidson in Alexandria on Sunday, May 27. Akyenga carried it from St. Augusta and Lindgren carried it to Fargo. (Contributed) 2 / 3
Eric Lindgren, left, of Alexandria, helps Dale Mowry of Fargo pack the U.S. flag following a Memorial Day transfer ceremony at Harley Davidson in West Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor)3 / 3

One flag. 48 states. 110 days.

The Patriot Tour, which made a stop this past week at Apol's Harley-Davidson in Alexandria, pays tribute to, and honors all, armed forces — past, present and fallen. During the tour, a group of motorcycle riders escorts an American flag with one person as the chosen carrier of the flag.

Eric Lindgren, member of the Harley Owners Group, was this year's chosen rider for the trek from Alexandria to Fargo. The tour started in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, earlier this month and then traveled through Minnesota last weekend.

Lindgren, who is a member of the Alexandria Composite Squadron, a unit of the Civil Air Patrol, said he was asked by the motorcycle group and was honored to be the carrier of the flag.

"I am proud to be an American, to be a member of our local Civil Air Patrol, and I believe in helping our veterans," Lindgren said.

The Patriot Tour is a national effort organized every year by the Nation of Patriots, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes awareness and financial support of the physical, emotional and economic misfortune that wounded veterans and their families are living with every day. All donations received by the organization are given back to help veterans and their families.

During the flag transferring ceremony on Sunday, Lindgren received the flag from Henry Akyenga, who brought it from St. Augusta.

On Monday, May 28, Lindgren presented the flag to Dale Mowry, a retired U.S. Army Veteran from Fargo, who served the country for more than two dozen years.

Mowry carried the flag from West Fargo's Harley Davidson to Watertown, South Dakota, where he presented it to another rider.

From South Dakota, the Patriot Tour will continue south through Nebraska then on to Colorado before eventually finishing back in Wisconsin.

Wendy Reuer of The Fargo Forum contributed to this story.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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