Motorcycle riders gather at passing the flag event

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Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 6:38pm

Saturday morning the roar of over one hundred fifty motorcycles engines sounded off on Siegen Lane for the Baton Rouge chapter of the Nation of Patriot’s third annual passing the flag event.

The riders joined members of the nation of patriots to raise money for wounded vets and honor the United States Military past present and fallen.

"Never forget the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country,” said regional commander of the Nation of Patriots, Paul Aubert. “In our nation's history 1,350,000 men and women have laid down their lives for us.

It’s all part of the nation wide “Patriot Tour 2012” where motorcycle riders carry one American flag through 48 states on a 14,000 mile journey.

Larry Rachel was chosen to carry the flag on his bike from Baton Rouge to Lafayette.

"It's an honor and a privilege to honor our veterans at this particular time,” said Rachel. “It's an honor."

Paul Aubert knows first hand what it's like to serve in the military, and how important it is to have support when service members come home.

"During Vietnam we didn't get much thanks for our service,” said Aubert. “So it's become my mission my goal to make sure that the men and women that dedicated their lives and sacrifice are not forgotten."

Saturday's event raised money to help wounded veterans across the country and two soldiers here in Louisiana.

"It’s just to see the look on their face,” said Aubert. “The appreciation that they have for what we are doing. It's really an honor for us, and it's hard to keep from crying when you do this with them."

Over the course of the one hundred day patriot tour over 100,000 motorcycle riders are expect to join in; each rider doing his or her part to help rev up a little patriotism along the way.

To learn more about the tour and how you can donate to help veterans click here.

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