STURGIS, S.D. – In Sturgis, a group of volunteers spent Friday evening raising 800 American flags in honor of those fallen soldiers and those who are currently serving.
The Buffalo Chip created Freedom Field as a heartfelt tribute to honor the courageous men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Each flag represents thousands of soldiers, and volunteers come together to raise these flags in a solemn and respectful ceremony.
Meade County Sheriff Pat West, who has two sons in the military, was on hand with his wife, Cassy, to help raise the flags and honor those who have given everything for this country.
“We first attended this event last year and were moved by what the flag raising represents,” said West. “Having two sons that are currently serving in the United States Marine Corps and willing to put their life on the line and fight for our country makes this event hit close to home. It’s important to remember and honor those men and women who have served and given their lives for this country. We hope to make this event every year!”
Brigadier General David Dailey from the South Dakota Army National Guard (SDANG) also spoke at Friday evening’s event and his remarks highlighted the sacrifice of American military members throughout history. Dailey is a Sturgis native and is the assistant adjutant general for the SDANG.
The memorial will be up throughout the Sturgis Rally.