The Ride launches at Noon, and the on-airport activities continue. Food, Drink, Vendor, and Raffle-Ticket sales continue awaiting the return of the thousands of riders.
We will soon be updating our Route Page and a Download will be available. Check back for the details!
You will find both Morning & Afternoon Programs that will bring home the message that We Will Never Forget.
Riding or not … you won’t want to miss either of these emotional tributes to those who serve, have served, paid the ultimate sacrifice and the families that support them.
James is the 2018 Patriot Ride keynote speaker. He is uniquely qualified to deliver a message that reflects on what it means to serve both as the leader of a large, successful law enforcement agency and a member of the military.
James is a Marine, a graduate of St. Mary’s University and the 102nd session of the National Sheriff’s Institute and studied Public Safety Leadership at the University of MN, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
He has been married to his wife, Lisa, for 29 years and they have 3 children. They reside in Andover and are very active as a family in their church and in the community. They have both a son and a daughter currently serving in the Marines.
James says, “To volunteer & risk putting yourself in harm’s way in order to serve something larger than self is very noble. I am extremely proud of them, and everyone who serves our nation, in any capacity.”
He will offer his perspective on fulfilling the law enforcement role in today’s community and what it means to enjoy the respect and support of the citizens his agency serves. James will also provide some insight on what it is like to be a parent of a son and daughter actively serving their country.
James has demonstrated a commitment to providing the best possible services to the citizens that he serves and actively participates in numerous collaborative & outreach efforts. He serves in various capacities in many associations and outreach organizations. He is an Executive Board Member of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association, serves on the Board of Directors for the National Sheriff’s Association and the Executive Committee for the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. In addition, he is a Member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, the Minnesota Domestic Violence Committee and the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition. James is also a Board Member for Hope 4 Youth. We are not sure where he finds the time but he is also involved with several other organizations supporting his agency and the community.
He was nominated for “National Sheriff of the Year” and was awarded the Medal of Merit by the National Sheriff’s Association in 2015 and 2016 for his contributions to the community and to the field of criminal justice.
He is committed to the development of our youth, community partnerships and service that exceeds expectations. It is his belief that by working together, we can make a difference.
You won’t want to miss what James has to say. You will find it informative and compelling.
Our afternoon speaker (details to be announced) will set the tone for our afternoon program. Please make sure you stay for this emotional tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free, and safe.
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The Patriot Ride will produce a ceremony that recognizes and remembers the sacrifice that all Gold Star and End of Watch family members make when a father, mother, brother, sister, son, daughter, or other loved one dies in service of our country and communities.
The Missing Man Table, also known as the Fallen Comrade Table, is a place of honor, set up in military dining facilities of the U.S. armed forces and during occasions such as service branch birthday balls, in memory of fallen, missing, or imprisoned military service-members. The Patriot Ride will be displaying the Missing Man Table to honor these service-members.
Radio Personality Brian Zepp has been our MC for a number of years (rain or shine). He himself is a veteran and a true supporter of the cause. Brian brings a perspective and sense of humor that enhances both the morning and afternoon programs.
That’s right … he doesn’t just speak, he rides!
The Patriot Ride is pleased to announce that Dave Dahl, Chief Meteorologist of 5 Eyewitness News & 45TV has signed on to be the “Official Meteorologist” of the Patriot Ride. Dave has been a staple at 5 Eyewitness News for over 35 years! He’s an avid motorcycle rider and is excited to be a full participant in this year’s Patriot Ride.
Take your pick or try them all … you will find a wide variety of excellent food from some outstanding vendors. It all starts with a Hot Breakfast offering from Maxx’s and continues throughout the day with choices that are sure to hit the spot from a great-group of great-food stands.
A variety of options for both parts of the day. It’s like getting your State Fair Food Fix 6-weeks early!
Back by popular demand … don’t miss this! … the Ride Demonstration (time to be announced).
What’s better than a Fully Dressed Police Bike? … How about a group of skillful (fully dressed) Police putting on a ride demonstration?
We are really looking forward to this (3rd annual) addition to the event. Come early so you don’t miss the show!
Get treated to an impressive display of control, obedience and proficiency by the K9 unit. The dogs and their handlers are highly trained and will show onlookers how they work so seamlessly together to help protect and serve their community.
Sit tight as we draw the winner of the Bike Raffle. The 2018 Harley-Davidson Road Street Glide Special was graciously donated by Twin Cities Harley Davidson in conjunction with Harley-Davidson USA. The more tickets you purchase, the greater the chance to win!
Raffle tickets now only $10!
Need a ticket? Check out our RAFFLE page for details.
Need Not be Present to Win
This “Buy a Lure” and get a chance at a “Henry Rifle” has the best odd’s going. For each Lure you purchase you have a 1-in-250 chance to win this MILITARY SERVICE TRIBUTE 2ND EDITION .22 CALIBER HENRY RIFLE.
You will need to purchase your Lure(s) at the event … you can get all the details HERE.
Need Not be Present to Win
There will be a flyover by the “T-6 Thunder Flyover Team” T-6 Thunder bring history, patriotism and roar to any airshow. A great way to see some our flying history in action. You can learn more about the T-6 Thunder team by visiting their website.
The Bell of Honor will be tolled as a sign of respect and honor for Fallen Hero’s who have given their all. Active Military, Veteran’s, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS who have made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest can exist in peace and safety. The Bell of Honor will once again be tolled as part of the Patriot Ride Afternoon Program.
The primary mission is to show the utmost respect and honor to the individual and their family.
As it was in history, the bell will toll 7 times to honor our fallen heroes.
See the Patriot Ride and surrounding areas from the air. There will be helicopter rides presented by MN Helicopters. www.mnhelicopters.com
Rides will be available from 9am to 11am and then again from 1pm-3pm
The helicopter seats 3 passengers. Flight times will be approximately 8 minutes. If there are 3 passengers the cost is $40/person. If there are 2 passengers the cost is $60/passenger. If there is only one passenger the cost is $120/person. In essence every time the helicopter goes up he is going to collect $120 and divide that up based on how many passengers he has on board.
Come check out the Swat Team Equipment that will be on display at the event.
When the program ends, the good-times continue. Enjoy some great music by Emerson Ave Band, tasty food and drinks as the sun sets.
They performed last year and were awesome! Everyone wanted them to come back and they are.
Make sure you stay for the show and enjoy some great music by a very talented group.