The 13th Patriot Tour brings together local U.S. veterans.

The 13th Patriot Tour brings together local U.S. veterans.

Officials and individuals from Erie are crossing state lines to support veteran families.

Here's more information on what they're up to and where they're headed.

Veterans are among those who have gathered to show their support for these families. They explained why this event was held and how important it was.

Residents of Erie, who are also veterans, are taking part in the 13th annual Patriot Tour to demonstrate their support for military families all throughout the country.

"It just doesn't get any better than this." It indeed does not. The competition has been a highlight in my life for the past four years. Former US Marine Don King said, "There is something special about this year's event since it begins and ends in Erie."

A Patriot Tour participant explained why veteran support is so vital.

"Veterans commit suicide at a staggering rate," said Jake Banta, a Navy Seals veteran.

After dropping the Patriot Tour flag from the US Brig Niagara's mass, the veterans will begin their voyage across state lines.

The Patriot Tour meant a lot to Erie's elected leaders, who shared their thoughts on the community's support for military families.

Police will escort the veterans out of Erie to begin their support march.

"The flag is flying all throughout the United States." So it's a lot of fun, and we're taking it to Jamestown," Banta added.

Banta has a special message for veteran families all throughout the world.

"Veterans, you are not alone, and we are all in this together." "Keep that in mind," Banta advised.

At Harley Davidson on West 12th Street, the Patriot Tour is returning to Erie on Saturday, September 17.