Some Siouxland residents revved up their engines and took part in a nationwide patriotic celebration Tuesday. KTIV US92's Austen Hagood has more.
Dozens of northeast Nebraska bikers took part in the Nation of Patriots tour Tuesday. The annual ride honors current and fallen veterans by escorting an American flag through each of the 48 contiguous states. Legion riders spent Tuesday morning trekking through towns in northeast Nebraska.
"We're carrying the American flag here from Norfolk, Nebraska all the way to Sioux Falls, South Dakota," said Bob Hoffman, Legion rider.
Among the towns the Riders rolled through was Pierce, Nebraska. Students from the Pierce Public School system were among the residents lining the streets to honor the flag and those that fought for it.
"They fought for our country and we are just paying respect," said Kristen Arens, Pierce High School student.
"It's a good feeling to do a benefit for the guys that served our country and put their lives in danger,"Hoffman said.
The Flag will be traveling over 14,000 miles on its journey, which will end in Wisconsin at the end of this month. Riders and event organizers say the many miles are just an extension of their civic duty to honor and serve those who sacrificed so much for our country.
The ride also serves as a fundraiser, as the Nation of Patriots provide financial support for families of wounded soldiers.
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