Riders of the Baton Rouge Chapter 1671 of the Harley Owners Group participate in the second annual Passing the Flag event at nearby Harley-Davidson of Baton Rouge on Saturday, July 9, 2011.

The event is part of Patriot Tour 2011, conceived and organized by Bill Sherer, of Milwaukee, Wisc., Nation of Patriots founder and executive director.

On the Patriot Tour, motorcycle enthusiasts travel with the flag on a 14,000-mile, 100-day, 50-state journey, honoring Americans past, present and fallen members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Its goal is to raise financial support and awareness of the families of wounded veterans.

Over 150,000 riders are expected to participate in the nation-wide tour.

Sherer was one of the speakers at Saturday’s event, which had members from each branch of the Armed Forces present in full dress uniform. To donate, or for more on the flag’s journey, see www.nationofpatriots.org