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.
Dianna and Jim Beardsley are proud Gold Star parents of Army Staff Sergeant William J. Beardsley, who was called BJ by family and friends. BJ died when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee in Diwaniyah, Iraq on February 26th, 2007. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
BJ was a loving husband to his wife Stacy and a devoted father to his two children, Chance and Alexis. He loved playing sports and his greatest passion was motorcycling. He was the happy owner of Harley and a Suzuki GSXR.
Dianna and Jim are going to share the journey they have been on since the day BJ decided to enlist in the Army and join the forces that protect our way of life.
They will recount the day they got the news of his death and the journey they have been on ever since. One that even put them one on one in the Oval Office with President George Bush and a subsequent private meeting they had with him a few years later with President Bush was in St. Paul attending a local event.
They will recount how their lives changed and how they have gone about keeping BJ alive in their hearts and going forward without him in a blessed and positive way.
Dianna and Jim are the kind of people who make the world a better place and we know you will hear them deliver both moving and compelling comments.
Eric Lundquist, Navy Seal, Senior Chief, USN. Eric joined the Navy in 1995. He graduated Basic Underwater Demolition/Seal (BUD/S Class 207) in 1996. He graduated Special Operations Combat Medic Training in Fort Bragg, North Carolina and then went on to join SEAL Team Three.
Eric deployed multiple times to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and other combat locations. He led large teams that engaged Taliban, Al Qaeda and Iranian terrorist networks. He also conducted operations that recovered American hostages. The President of the United States, on two separate occasions personally thanked Eric for his service.
Eric will describe what he experienced on the battle field and tell from a SEAL’s perspective what it is like to lose a member of his team in combat.
Dustin Reichert entered Law Enforcement in 1995. In 2003, Dustin responded to a call for loud music with his partner and was injured in a violent gun battle. The incident left Dustin with injuries to his upper right arm and pelvic region and physical fight to return to what he loves. Ultimately, he medically retired in 2005.
The past 10 years he has battled against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a journey, if you will, back to positive emotional health. Today he lives a healthy life with his wife and 3 sons in Ham Lake. Now Dustin gets invited to speak to various groups about the shooting and surviving the resulting PTSD. More importantly, he speaks about the power of the mind and how the mind can help you heal.
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!
That’s right! You’ve seen his outstanding custom work and been to his show … now you can join Donnie for the ride and support the cause.
PLUS! … Show off your pride and joy in our Bike Show. Judges include (whom else but) Donnie Smith.
Check out the BIKE SHOW PAGE for all the details.
Register onsite – $50
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.
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.