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2017 Results
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, riders, individual and corporate donors we raised...
$26,187.82

All of the money raised goes back to Arizona wounded veterans and their families. THANK YOU!!!
Highlights of the 2017 Tour

  • Fundraising party at Wild West Junction

  • Lunch stop at Museum Club

  • Flag helicopter flight over Grand Canyon National Park

  • Navajo/English Ceremony celebrating the Native American veterans at Twin Arrows Casino
The Patriot Tour Shield
Award Winners
We had the privilege of being awarded this by Nation of Patriots for raising the most money during the Patriot Tour in 2017 while we had the flag in our possession. Truly grateful and hope we raise the bar this year with all those who support us!
Our Success
  1. Title 13
  2. Title 14
  3. Title 15
  4. Title 16
  5. Title 17
  6. Title 18
Thanks to the supporters who have sponsored our events, who trusted us to live up to our committment; to the riders who who joined in our state wide ride; to the folks who cheered us on, and the support from the Elks Lodges, Police Departments, Cities and communities: we have been able to raise much needed money for our veterans in need here in Arizona!

UPDATE: 2018 - We will be seeking both donors and recipients in the southern Arizona areas including Phoenix and Tucson. If you are interested, or know of anyone in need, please submit your information via the contact link above or reach out to your regional commanders for details!
Thank Those Serving - Remember Those Lost

MIAP Mission

NOP - Arizona was honored to join multiple veteran organizations to escort 15 veterans spanning 97 years, who were forgotten by or had no family to claim them. They were laid to rest at the Prescott National Cemetery on Friday, April 6, 2018.

This very important program insures no one is left behind no matter how long it takes. Rest in peace veterans, your work here is done, we will continue on! 

Mr. Willie - American Soldier, Code Talker, Patriot, Father and Friend

We met Mr. Willie, a Navajo code talker, at the Leupp meeting house in Leupp, Arizona. He became a special person in our hearts and the respect we have for him is huge. 

Mr. Willie, attended our Twin Arrows event last year and proudly stood and saluted our flag although he was in his 90's and utilized a walker. He was a Proud American Patriot.

All of us feel a void, as he was a great example of the sacrifice that American's make for the safety of our country and our citizens. A member of the greatest generation.

Thank you for your service, patriotism and friendship. It was an honor to know you and we will remember you with pride. SEMPER FI! 

In the News

Nation of Patriots and Big O Tire Team Up

"Over the recent holiday season Nation of Patriots and Big O Tire in Flagstaff both contributed to help a veteran in need. Michael Walbridge served in the Marine Corps where he served in two deployments in the Middle East working as an amphibian assault vehicle crewman. He's now a a student at Northern Arizona University where he is studying to become a counselor so he can help other veterans who suffer from PTSD and physical challenges."

"Just before Christmas, the front end of his car failed. Walbridge had his car towed to Big O Tire where he was told the necessary repairs would cost $1,500. He then reached out to Nation of Patriots for financial assistance. Nation of Patriots is a nonprofit organization that works on to promote the awareness of and financially support wounded veterans and their families."

"Rick Bitzer, chairman of Arizona Nation of Patriots, said the organization paid the invoice. But in the course of the repair work, more problems were found with the vehicle. But instead of requiring payment for the additional repairs, Big O completed $700 more in repairs for Walbridge at no extra charge so he could get back to school and life.
"Big O stepped up and did all the additional repairs at their expense to give back to someone who has given so much," Bitzer wrote in an email."

​- Daily Sun, Flagstaff
​  January 19, 2018
Veteran Michael Walbridge and his car. After Walbridge had car trouble in December, Big O Tire and Nation of Patriots both helped him get back on the road.
Arizona Nation of Patriots
Preparing for Annual Tour

“I ride in memory of my father who was an original Seabee and served four years in the South Pacific in World War II,” he said during a visit to the Daily Miner to promote the tour. “My father was just one of the many quiet unsung heroes of World War II. And they truly were the ‘Greatest Generation’ in my opinion.”
Smith served in Vietnam and said he hated coming back to people calling him names for wearing the uniform.
“Dan and I, along with some our team members, travel all over Arizona year-round speaking about the challenges our wounded veterans face and why it is so important to recognize their sacrifice,” Bitzer said.
“For many of us, this is not just the tour, but a topic that we are passionate about because we have seen the damage and the lack of funding to help get through the emotional and family crisis a wounded veteran faces.”
Bitzer said he also rides for friends like Steve Sunda, who served during the Cold War and never saw action in a full-blown war, but watched the Berlin Wall come down.
Ted Martello served a number of tours in the Middle East and has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, which he manages every day and works to help other veterans in the same boat.
Bill Sherer did not serve in the military, but founded Nation of Patriots when he saw his friends coming back from active duty and struggling with day-to-day life and personal issues.
“If we can minimize the suffering and challenges of these people who give so much, then it is truly worth it,” Bitzer said. “After you meet some of these vets, your drive to help gets stronger and stronger because they are people who put it on the line for (our) freedom.”



Article and Photo courtesy of Williams News and Loretta Yerian
​March 20, 2018
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — The Arizona Nation of Patriots will start their portion of the annual Patriot Tour in Kingman July 7 in an effort to raise funds for military veterans and their families, said Rick Bitzer, chairman of the volunteer organization in Flagstaff.
Nation of Patriots gained a huge following after forming in 2008 and launching their Patriot Tour the next year, carrying the U.S. flag through 48 states.
The 2018 Patriot Tour kicks off in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on May 19, with riders escorting the flag from one destination to the next for 100 days, culminating back in Wisconsin.
About 100 riders are expected to converge on Kingman for a celebration, flag exchange and lunch at the Elks Lodge. The tour proceeds to Williams, Payson, Flagstaff and Twin Arrows Casino to Gallup, New Mexico, where the Arizona Patriots will pass the flag.
The flag and riders will arrive in Williams from Kingman and Seligman, via Route 66, July 8.
Williams is the first and only Nation of Patriots city in the United States.
“Bill, our national founder, will be in town Thursday … the first time Bill came to (Williams) a few years ago he was extremely impressed by the patriotism and the down home Americana. The patriotism and support that the people in Williams showed is what he had in mind when he set this up (Nation of Patriots). To him that was the epitome of what this rides all about,” said Dan Smith, regional commander of Arizona Nation of Patriots in an earlier interview.
All of the money raised in Arizona goes to veterans in the state who meet the organization’s criteria, Bitzer said.
Nation of Patriot riders pass through Williams during their 2017 Patriot's Tour. (Wendy Howell/WGCN)
Upcoming Veteran Tour Coming
to Arizona
KINGMAN – The Arizona Nation of Patriots will start their portion of the annual Patriot Tour in Kingman on July 7 in an effort to raise funds for military veterans and their families, said Rick Bitzer, chairman of the volunteer organization in Flagstaff.
Nation of Patriots gained a huge following after forming in 2008 and launching their Patriot Tour the next year, carrying the U.S. flag through 48 states.
The 2018 Patriot Tour kicks off in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, on May 19, with riders escorting the flag from one destination to the next for 100 days, culminating back in Wisconsin.
About 100 riders are expected to converge on Kingman for a celebration, flag exchange and lunch at the Elks Lodge. The tour proceeds to Williams, Payson, Flagstaff and Twin Arrows Casino to Gallup, New Mexico, where the Arizona Patriots will pass the flag.
All of the money raised in Arizona goes to veterans in the state who meet the organization’s criteria, Bitzer said.
“I ride in memory of my father who was an original Seabee and served four years in the South Pacific in World War II,” he said during a visit to the Daily Miner to promote the tour. “My father was just one of the many quiet unsung heroes of World War II. And they truly were the ‘Greatest Generation’ in my opinion.”
Dan Smith, regional commander of Arizona Nation of Patriots who accompanied Bitzer on his Kingman trip, served in Vietnam and said he hated coming back to people calling him names for wearing the uniform.
“Dan and I, along with some our team members, travel all over Arizona year-round speaking about the challenges our wounded veterans face and why it is so important to recognize their sacrifice,” Bitzer said.
“For many of us, this is not just the tour, but a topic that we are passionate about because we have seen the damage and the lack of funding to help get through the emotional and family crisis a wounded veteran faces.”
Bitzer said he also rides for friends like Steve Sunda, who served during the Cold War and never saw action in a full-blown war, but watched the Berlin Wall come down.
Ted Martello served a number of tours in the Middle East and has Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, which he manages every day and works to help other veterans in the same boat.
Bill Sherer did not serve in the military, but founded Nation of Patriots when he saw his friends coming back from active duty and struggling with day-to-day life and personal issues.
“If we can minimize the suffering and challenges of these people who give so much, then it is truly worth it,” Bitzer said. “After you meet some of these vets, your drive to help gets stronger and stronger because they are people who put it on the line for (our) freedom.”


Hubble Ray Smith, Daily Miner
​March 2, 2018
"The Arizona Nation
of Patriots makes
its way through downtown Flagstaff during a past
Patriot Tour ride for
military veterans.”