4th Annual Nation of Patriots Tour
A group of bikers is doing their part to help wounded veterans in our area.
Four members of Combat Veterans International accompanied the US flag from Gladstone, Oregon to the Harley Davidson in Kennewick this afternoon.
It's the Nation of Patriots Tour, a part of the flag transport ceremony that's taking place all over the country. All of this to raise funds for wounded veterans.
The riders today, some veterans themselves or from military families, are on their motorbikes to riding more than 200 miles today for the Wounded Warriors Project.
It's a project aimed at getting wounded vets the help they need, that they haven't able to receive from the federal government or local governmental agencies.
Tom Matthison, a rider and a longtime supporter of wounded veterans says in this ride, his group has raised $500 for the cause.
He says he wishes the money was more but this is the most important ride of the year for him and for many of the men who have joined him.
"Giving a family this money is going to feel good... real good to give it to somebody that really needs it and they deserve it. Our chapter worked very hard to get this money and it's just something that we really wanted to do," said Matthison.
Tomorrow the group leaves for Spokane, the last leg of their journey, another 150 miles.
There will be a pancake breakfast for riders and supporters at Rattlesnake Mountain Harley Davidson, and also final sign-ups for the tour at 8:30am.
The ride kicks off at 10am.