For over 22 years, the Buffalo Chip Campground has been privileged to offer tributes in honor of many deserving heroes with its various exhibits, memorials, military tributes and freedom celebrations during the motorcycle rally.
Every Year an annual 30’x58’ 60 pound flag raising at the entrance of the campground, a field of nearly one thousand American flags, a Battlefield Cross memorial, an American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) memorial wall and a Freedom Celebration takes place on Thursday during the motorcycle rally before the Sturgis rally headline concerts take the stage
The Buffalo Chip’s tributes serve as an example to those coming that the Buffalo Chip is the best place to celebrate our freedom, which should not be taken for granted.
2013 Freedom Celebration Honors Benghazi Heroes
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip has chosen to honor retired Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods and former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty for the heroic patriotism and courage shown in Benghazi, where they sacrificed their lives while saving the lives of many others. Members of their family will be present on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage to accept the honors Thursday, August 8th. Madison Rising will perform the Star Spangled Banner at 7 pm prior to Brantley Gilbert and Lynyrd Skynyrd taking the stage.
Field of Flags & Battlefield Cross
Each year the Buffalo Chip, with the help of local military service men set up nearly 1,000 flags at the entrance to the campground called the Field of Flags, as a way to honor soldiers that have served and still serve our country. One flag every 10 feet surrounds the Battlefield Cross Memorial, a military grade gun and helmet and boots sculpture, which stand as a military tribute to honor the fallen in the line of duty. Standing proudly behind the Battlefield Cross Sculpture and Field of Flags is the AVTT Veterans Memorial Wall, put up with the help of the Patriot Guard Riders, displaying names of those who have fallen in the line of duty.
Patriot Guard Riders
The Patriot Guard Riders set up a display at the Buffalo Chip near the Field of Flags and help erect the American Veterans Traveling Tribute memorial wall. As an organization they work hard to defend the sacrifices made by soldiers who have died in the line of duty by attending funeral services as invited guests of the family. They work tirelessly to show respect for the family and to shield families from any interruptions created by protestors.
Rosenbauer Fire Truck
The tried and true, good ol’ Red, White, and Blue flag can be seen soaring high above party goers at the CrossRoads at the Buffalo Chip courtesy of the Rosenbauer Fire Truck, set up by the Patriot Guards and their reception area donned with 50 state flags. Come on out and see this magnificent flag fly high above the hundreds of other flags up in honor of our Freedom Fighters..
Heartstrings for Heroes
Heartstrings for Heroes is a non-profit organization, founded by International Recording Artists and family members of Purple Heart Honorees of the United States Armed Forces. In a way to assist with rehabilitation through music therapy, Heartstrings for Heroes provides free instruments, such as guitars, to men and women who have been injured in the line of duty. Heartstrings for Heroes tours the country, in conjunction with International Recording Artists, celebrities and sponsors holding concerts and community events to honor and present instruments to heroes. Stop by CrossRoads, where they will be representing the organization, to see what they have to offer!
The Vet Center out of Rapid City exists as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a broad range of counseling, outrach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a smoother post-war readjustment to civilian life. Counseling services are also available for surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings of service members who die of any cause while on active duty. The Vet Center will be represented at the CrossRoads.
Warfighter Made aims to provide recreational therapy to ill, injured and combat wounded service members and veterans through the modification, adaptation and customization of cars, trucks, motorcycles and off road vehicles. Wounded service member’s are able to bring their vehicles in to be modified, adapted, and customized in order to reflect their individual personality and give them the freedom to do the things they enjoy. They are invited to participate in the build and once the event in completed, they are funded by Warfighter Made to participate in events, shows, and races to show the world their accomplisments. Eventually, the project is auctioned off as a “Warfighter Made Vehicle” and all the proceeds go back to the Warfighter Made Project Fund. Find out more information on them at the CrossRoads.
The VFW Post 3312 out of Belle Fourche will be selling poppies throughout the campground on Thursday, August 8. The poppy has been adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. The cost of the Buddy Poppies go to help maintain national and state veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs and partially supports the VFW National Home for orphans and widows of the nation’s veterans.
In the past, celebrities such as the Bob Woodruff from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, actor Marshal Teague and others have been part of the Freedom Celebration military tribute during the motorcycle rally. Past military tribute freedom celebration events have also included the Golden Parachutes dropping into the amphitheater, national anthems sung and performed on guitars, gun salutes, Patriot Guard Tributes and Warrior Chopper builds. Patriot Guard Riders also hoist a large flag from a fire truck boom.