The Nation of Patriots transported their Freedom Flag through eastern Utah this week on the way to Salt Lake City and points beyond.
Working with local retailers, Uinta Basin volunteers organized a fundraising effort to help veterans with any potential need, said Cindy Bryson a volunteer from Roosevelt.
“The Patriot Tour is going on over 110 days and will visit all 48 states,” Bryson said. “We are privileged to have the flag travel through out state.”
This is the 11th year since the Patriot Tour began in 2009. Motorcycle riders brought the flag from Grand Junction, Colorado on Thursday. They were met at the Jensen Visitor Center by a group of about 20 Utah volunteers who accompanied the Colorado volunteers to Vernal Sports Center where the flag exchange took place.
Vernal Sports Center, the local Harley Davidson dealer, along with Lowe’s and Sportsman’s Warehouse were the major sponsors. All three and several other area businesses donated items that were raffled off.
Bryson stressed that all of the money raised in Utah will be used to help Utah-based veterans and that help could come in the form of anything from a new refrigerator to a head stone at a cemetery.
One other sponsor, Jiffy Pawn of Vernal and Roosevelt, donated a rifle and a pistol for raffle.
The Nation of Patriots website at www.nationofpatriots.com provides the following description: “We work on a national level to promote the awareness of and financially support the physical, emotional, and economic misfortune that our wounded veterans and their families are living with today and everyday.
We work to unite Americans beneath the banner or Flag and behind the men and women serving in the Armed Forces. We raise money through our national network and distribute it directly to the families we strive to support. The families are selected for us mostly through the VA Hospital network.”