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.
Dave has been a friend of the Patriot Ride for years. He will serve as this years keynote speaker and share his perspectives on what it means to offer respect to those who serve to keep us free and safe.
If we’re lucky, Dave will order up some outstanding weather for the event!
LEMA’s mission is to honor fallen officers and their families. Perfectly suited for our morning program, the honor guard will help bring home our Never Forget theme.
Please make sure to join the program and witness this honorable group.
Eric Gordon is a singer-songwriter based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Although he is no foreigner to the Minnesota music scene, Eric gained recognition as a contestant on the FOX television show, American Idol (season 13).
Eric released his debut pop/R&B album, Nobody Said That It Was Easy, in spring of 2017. The first single (also the title track), premiered via live performance on the NBC-affiliate, KARE-TV channel in Minneapolis and immediately gained radio airplay on iHeartMedia stations, including Minneapolis/Saint Paul stations, Cities 97.1 and KDWB 101.3. Organically achieving over half a million streams across all platforms, the success of the single (and album) paved the way for Eric to open for such bands as Echosmith, Ocean Park Standoff, The Revivalists, and Color Me Badd.
In summer of 2018, Eric released a brand new follow-up single, “What r u doing?,” debuting the song during a concert for Cities 97.1 Live at the Lake. Eric also released a holiday single, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” in 2018.
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.
The Honor Wall is raised each year during the Patriot Ride and offers all who view it the names of over 250 Minnesotans’ (Military and Law Enforcement) who have passed since 2001. While each name is significant on its own, the names en masse illustrate the significant involvement and sacrifice of our community and the loved ones of those no longer with us.
Please take a moment to view the wall while at the event. We predict it will have a profound impact on you.
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 36 years! He’s an avid motorcycle rider and is excited to be a full participant in this year’s Patriot Ride.
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.
Here is your chance to rub elbows with the famous Hamsters! They will be gathered in a special area
post-ride where you can meet the cool dudes
and check out their magnificent rides.
(here as some examples)
Join us making 500 Military and First Responder Care Kits and Writing Letters to those who keep us safe and free
Operation Gratitude’s Care Package programs serve deployed Service Members and their families, Veterans, First Responders, Recruit Graduates and Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers.
Care Packages & Letters … YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
M-Saxteen is a Minnesota National Guard saxophone quintet from the 34th ID Band.
They play a variety of musical styles and genres from jazz all the way to classical. They also play at a variety of venues, civilian and military, including the State Capitol, major universities, convention centers, veterans homes and cemeteries.
We are thrilled that M-Saxteen will be joining the morning program at this years event.
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!
Open to all amateur builders, the Garage Build Bike Show has been a popular addition to both the Sturgis and Daytona events.
The admission is FREE and we look forward to seeing what you’ve done to make your ride … well … all about you!
The Mounds View Police rock wall features an auto-belay system where even someone with zero experience can enjoy rock climbing.
Join in the fun … the view from the top will be outstanding!
Combat Vets Show of Strength & Competition will have an exhibition of strength in
the morning between 9-10:30am, before the ride program begins and following the
ride you are invited to test your own strength with a competition of strength with others.
~ Awards for top contenders will be given out ~
Sign up at the ‘exhibition of strength’ prior to the ride for your time slot.
Sit tight as we draw the winner of the Bike Raffle. The 2019 Harley-Davidson Road Glide Special is a beauty! The lucky winner will win the Harley or $15k in cash (winners choice).
The more tickets you purchase, the greater the chance to win!
Raffle tickets only $10!
Need Not be Present to Win (but I’d stick around to claim your prize … just sayin’)
All Ride Participants (Riders & Passengers) and non-riding All Access Pass holders will receive a Door Prize Ticket qualifying you for some outstanding prizes drawings.
The drawings will be held at 4pm on the main stage. May the force be with you!
That’s right! Join the action for the 2019 Sturgis Ralley compliments of Dennis Kirk.
Hit the sky with your very own Parrott Quadcopter Drone with 4K HDR Camera.
N8533BF – Honor Bird
Built in 1985 to honor those who serve!
Come view this fantastic flying tribute engineered by those with deep roots in the military. The backstory is heartwarming and the tribute meaningful.
From Boyd Francisco: Represented on the tail is each named Francisco family member, their unit symbols and rank along with the special recognition for the Purple Heart. With these custom tail graphics we honor “all who serve”. The aircraft has a total 380 stars placed on it, and even though the US flag doesn’t have 380 stars we still consider this is an image that represents the US Flag. It places a whole new meaning to the concept of “flying the flag”. We have dubbed this airplane the “Honor Bird”. We are honored and pleased to be able to share our appreciation for those who serve with each and every flight.
Set your alarm for 10:40 am so you don’t miss the “T-6 Thunder Air Show”!
T-6 Thunder bring history, patriotism and roar to any airshow. A great way to see some of our flying history in action.
You can learn more about the T-6 Thunder team by visiting their website.
That’s right a team of MN Viking Cheerleaders will be on the grounds to help honor the military and law enforcement charities.
These cheerleaders do outstanding work in the community. You can check out their involvement HERE.