SCOTT, La. –
The Patriot Tour flag relay’s latest stop is Lafayette Parish. It’s one of 110 stops along the route as motorcycle groups from around the U.S. pass an American flag from one carrier to another and raise money for the wounded warriors. The flag itself means so much for soldiers who have served under it.
“It’s very important to our culture since we were introduced as the United States of America back in 1776 you know gained our independence of our freedom our country and everything we believe in,” says Dick DeBoy.
Rick Barber is a retired nurse with 24 years of military experience. He’s been part of the flag tour for the past two years doing his part to raise money for his fellow veterans.
“I’m just blessed that God has given the power and ability to support veterans that can’t help themselves, because I came back and they didn’t,” says Rick Barber.
The flag will continue on its journey after leaving Cajun Harley-Davidson until it has been through all 48 continental states and arrives in Milwaukee where the relay started. For Ricky Wagner it’s a mission that will continue long after the relay ends.
“All the proceeds go back to wounded veterans and their families I mean I’m retired army my wife was with me the whole time. I had three boys that were all active duty and I lost one on active duty 4 years ago so it means a whole lot to me,” says Ricky Wagner.
Wagner says it was an honor to be a flag bearer. He’s a patriot guard captain and a member of a strong military family who draws inspiration from his son’s sacrifice.
“This is my oldest I lost him on active duty 6 days before his 21st birthday after I lost him my other two were already active duty army so I but brothers forever. That’s just I don’t know what Kelly and I decided we wanted to do so that’s what we did that’s just I don’t know how you put it to honor my sons and his service,” says Wagner.