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USS South Dakota Submarine
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USS South Dakota Submarine
Flag relay and commemorative Harley Davidson help christen USS South Dakota
News Staff - October 7, 2017

STURGIS, SD – An American flag will be carried across South Dakota to commemorate the upcoming christening of the new USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) fast attack submarine. 

 

The flag began its journey at Harley-Davidson Rally Point in Sturgis Saturday morning. A group of motorcyclists, led by retired U.S. Navy Commander Wiley Cress of Rapid City, will carry the flag to Sioux Falls by way of Pierre, Aberdeen, and Groton. The riders expect to deliver the flag to J&L Harley-Davidson in Sioux Falls on the evening of Sunday, October 8th.  

 

The flag will be featured as part of the ceremony to unveil the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) Commemorative 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide on Monday, October 9th at 10:00 am at J&L Harley-Davidson in Sioux Falls.The motorcycle was donated by the Harley-Davidson Motor Company to help celebrate the state’s new U.S. Navy submarine and honor South Dakota’s motorcycle heritage. 

 

J&L Harley-Davidson is the sponsoring dealership for the 2018 Street Glide and has also donated parts and labor for the project. The motorcycle features custom paint honoring Battleship SOUTH DAKOTA (BB 57) and commemorates the new Submarine SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790). Artist Mickey Harris of Menno, SD created the custom motorcycle artwork.   

 

The U.S. Flag will be placed in the saddlebag of the USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) Commemorative 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide at the conclusion of the motorcycle unveiling ceremony and will then be transported via enclosed trailer to Groton, CT for the christening ceremony of the USS SOUTH DAKOTA, Saturday, October 14th.



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