PARSONS, KS.--- Harley Davidon riders are taking a nationwide patriotic tour to honor all of the American armed forces. Ed Ledwich is a military veteran, and one of 60 bikers who rode through Parsons today during the Midwest Leg of the Nation of Patriots Tour.
"Paying respect, where you don't have to have a Harley. You basically don't have to have a motorcycle, you can still participate. You just express your gratitude towards the men and women past, present, and future that will serve in our military," said Ed Ledwich Nation of Patriots Rider.
Ledwich believes former and current military men and women should be honored for their hard work on a regular basis. He says the Kansas heat doesn't bother him when he's riding long distances, especially when it's honoring those who have served his country.
"You're on two wheels, you're free. I personally have an audio system of very high quality on my Sim. So I am rockin' out whether it's country or rock, rolling down the road," said Ledwich.
The Nation of Patriots was formed to provide financial support to families of wounded men and women who have volunteered their lives to protect the United States.
"To ride into a town where you're welcomed, and wanted, and people are waving. It's a very powerful experience, very humbling as well," said Marilyn Roberts, Regional Commander Nation of Patriots for Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.
Military supporters lined up along Main Street, waving American flags to greet the bikers as they rode into the city. Even local military veterans, like Bob Mikel, usually make a point to watch the bikers ride in every year.
"Seeing the people show up and the enthusiasm for the patriot riders, you know. It's just nice to know that people support our troops," said Bob Mikel, U.S. Veteran.
The Nation of Patriots bikers say seeing the support from the Parsons community is why they continue to wave the American Flag across the United States. The bikers will make their next stop in Wichita before completing the tour Labor Day weekend.