A woman displays her items at the flea market fundraiser on Friday. Proceeds went to Nation of Patriots. -- Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
A woman displays her items at the flea market fundraiser on Friday. Proceeds went to Nation of Patriots. -- Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

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Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group hosts fundraiser for veterans

Published 5:00pm Sunday, March 9, 2014

Funds raised from a flea market will help support veterans and their families.

Baked items were for sale during the veterans flea market on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds went toward Nation of Patriots to help veterans and their families. -- Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
Baked items were for sale during the veterans flea market on Friday and Saturday. Proceeds went toward Nation of Patriots to help veterans and their families. — Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

The Albert Lea Beyond the Yellow Ribbon group and the Albert Lea American Legion hosted a flea market on Friday and Saturday. All funds raised go to the Nation of Patriots, a nonprofit formed to provide financial support to veterans.

There were about 25 tables registered for each day, according to David Olson, chaplain for the American Legion Leo Carey Post 56.

The cost to set up a table at the event was $25.

John Severtson stands at the flea market Friday at the American Legion. -- Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune
John Severtson stands at the flea market Friday at the American Legion. — Tiffany Krupke/Albert Lea Tribune

“It has been pretty steady all day,” Olson said Friday afternoon. “I imagine it will be even busier on Saturday.”

The Albert Lea chapter of Nation of Patriots, the Harley Owners Group, was also involved in the event. Each year, Nation of Patriots rides through all 48 states with a flag.

For Mark Harig, a member of HOG, the reason he rides is simple — to help veterans and their families.

Harig takes time each year to remember Pfc. Jacob Gassen.

Gassen lost his life on Nov. 29, 2010, 10 days after his 21st birthday while he was stationed in Afghanistan. Harig met Gassen’s parents in 2013.

“It’s really meaningful,” Harig said of the rides. “I have met so many wonderful people.”

HOG will carry the American flag during the Nation of Patriots annual tour on Aug. 26.

With 67 riders and about 57 bikes, last year’s ride left Albert Lea and escorted the flag the 125 miles to Waukon.