The Legendary Buffalo Chip serves to honor the American military with various exhibits, memorials, military tributes and freedom celebrations that take place throughout the Sturgis motorcycle rally.
For over 25 years, the Buffalo Chip Campground has been the leader in military tributes during the motorcycle rally, with an annual flag raising of a 30’x58’ 60 pound flag at the entrance of the campground, a field of hundreds of flags, a Battlefield Cross memorial, an American Veterans Traveling Tribute (AVTT) memorial wall, and a Freedom Celebration that takes place on Thursday during the motorcycle rally before the Sturgis rally headline concerts take the stage.
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 played on guitars, gun salutes, Patriot Guard Tributes and Warrior Chopper builds. A fire Truck also hoists a large flag off of its boom where the Patriot Guard Riders Set up. More military events are added annually as they arise.
Each year, the Buffalo Chip raises its 30’x58’ 60 pound flag at the entrance to the campground, serving as an example to those coming that this is the best place to celebrate our freedom, which we try not to take for granted. The flag is raised at the beginning of the rally each year and flies throughout the week and serves as part of the overall military tribute.
Field of Flags & Battlefield Cross
Each year the Buffalo Chip with the help of local military service men set up 1,000 flags 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.
Warrior Foundation Bike Build
The Warrior Foundation Bike Build gives injured veterans the opportunity to get out of the hospital and be active, even if for a short time. Injured veterans are able to get out of the hospital and work on rebuilding a kit bike, purchased by the Warrior Foundation.
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.