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