On July 9, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Harley Owners Group held its second annual Passing the Flag Event as part of the nationwide Patriot Tour. The tour takes a single American flag through 48 states during the course of a 100-day, 14,000-mile journey by motorcycle enthusiasts across the United States. This tour is to honor all of our armed forces personnel past, present and fallen. More than 150,000 riders are expected to participate in the event nationwide.

The tour begins in Milwaukee, Wis., on Memorial Day weekend and ends in Milwaukee on Labor Day weekend. The tour flag is then housed in the Harley Davidson Museum, where it will rest until next year’s tour.

For our leg of the tour, a full military honors ceremony was conducted to honor our armed forces personnel. The event was attended by armed forces personnel from the Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corp in full-dress uniform. The Naval Honor Guard from NAS New Orleans performed color guard duty for the event.

On behalf of the Baton Rouge Chapter, I would like to extend our deepest appreciation to all of the Armed Forces personnel attending our event. Their service to our nation serves as an example of duty, honor and country to all. The honor they uphold will always touch the lives of each and every American now and in the future.

I would also like to extend our thanks to the Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana State Police Troop A and the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for providing escort for the 100-plus riders who participated in the transport of the flag to Alexandria. Also we extend our thanks to all who assisted, participated, volunteered and helped in some way with our event.

The flag now continues on its journey throughout the United States. You can view the flag’s current location on the website http://www.nationofpatriots.org under the 2011 tour tab.

Godspeed, flag bearers.

Paul Aubert, director

Baton Rouge Chapter 1671

Harley Owners Group

Baton Rouge