American Legion Riders Post 164 “Backs the Blue;” 9-11 survivors parade through Black Hills

Gary MatthewsSeptember 10, 2021Local
photo by Gary MatthewsAmerican Legion Riders Post 164 honor law enforcement in Sturgis Friday.

STURGIS, S.D. – As the 20 year observance of the attacks on America dawns, the American Legion Riders Post 164 made the rounds Friday to support the area’s law enforcement agencies.

Post 164 made stops in Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Whitewood, Lead-Deadwood and Sturgis as part of their “Ride to Back the Blue.”

At each stop, the Riders presented a small award to each department to show their support and respect for what they do for their respective communities everyday.

In Sturgis, a coin and certificate was handed out to the Sturgis Police Department, Meade County Sheriff’s Office and South Dakota Highway Patrol.

Shortly after the American Legion Riders presentation, Sturgis Police and Meade County Sheriff’s officers provided a police escort through town for eight Ground Zero heroes from New York who were traveling through the Black Hills.

The eight rode in a limousine as they traveled down Junction Avenue, to Main Street and on to Lazelle.

Rapid City Police picked up the heroes at the Regional Airport, and they were escorted through Rapid City, on to Sturgis, and up to Deadwood.

The eight were at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.