The 2012 Nation of Patriots Tour traveled through Parsons Friday morning, including a lunch stop at Ernesto’s. The riders were enroute to Wichita from Joplin. The Nation of Patriots raises money and awareness for wounded veterans. This year’s tour will touch most of 48 states and end Sept. 1 in Wisconsin, which is where the tour began. Labette Center for Mental Health Services staff handed out flags that the public could wave near 16th and Main as the riders passed. Ernie Barr and his grandchildren, Ethan Barr, 3, and Jadyn Barr, 6, waited for the Patriots to ride past. The Patriots were stopped at 16th on Main just to the east.