Motorcyclists with a mission planning to stop in Albert Lea

Published 10:27 am Friday, August 23, 2013

A group of motorcycle riders who are part of a 48-state mission to help combat-wounded veterans will stop in Albert Lea on Monday and Tuesday.

The 2013 Nation of Patriots motorcycle tour, which is carrying the flag across America, will reach Bergdale Harley-Davidson in Albert Lea at about noon Monday. The flag will be escorted from Eden Prairie. From Albert Lea, it will depart at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday for Waukon, Iowa, and pass through Austin, Spring Valley, Preston and Cresco, Iowa.

Those who would like to join the group on Tuesday can sign up at Bergdale Harley starting at 8 a.m. and submit a $5 donation to the cause. The money goes toward wounded veterans struggling to pay bills. Locally, last year’s ride helped southeastern Minnesota native Ronnie Moats, who was injured from a roadside bomb during a bomb-sweeping mission. Donors raised $1,575 for Moats and presented a check to him last November.

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The Albert Lea chapter of the Harley Owner’s Group is organizing the event locally. Others who would like to join Tuesday’s ride, regardless of motorcycle or automobile, may do so.

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