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FLAG DAY: Patriot Ride honors military service

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Despite Mother Nature’s inclement weather, many people had their American flags flying high to celebrate Flag Day. For some, it means going out on the road for the ninth-annual Patriot Ride -- bikers made their way through the Twin Cities to honor the stars and stripes.

It is the day we celebrate the adoption of the flag as the symbol of our country and it is no surprise patriot riders sported plenty of red, white and blue.

“I was in the service during the Vietnam era,” said Jim Weseman, a Navy vet. “I remember the welcome home the soldiers from Vietnam got. I want to make sure today's veterans get a better reception.”

The purpose of the Patriot Ride is to recognize the contributions and sacrifices of military members and their families. Money raised each year from this ride goes toward grants and charities ranging from helping families who have lost loved ones to paying for hunting and fishing activities for disabled veterans.

Organizers said rain kept some riders away, but believe that about 1,500 riders participated in the 50 mile ride.

SLICE OF HISTORY

This year’s Flag Day marks the 200th anniversary year of our national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner," written by Francis Scott Key.

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