You’ve given so much to our country… it’s time to get something for yourself.
Over two hundred years ago a relatively new invention was revolutionizing transportation across the US and around the world – the motorcycle. In the fifteen or so years that followed, many of the countries and continents of the world became entrenched in battle, launching the first World War, and when troops made their journeys into battle, motorcycles went right along with them. By the end of World War I, it is estimated that the army used some 20,000 motorcycles in the fight for freedom.
Since then, vets on bikes have been a fixture of motorcycle events all across the country – and one of the world’s greatest rallies is no exception. Each year, hundreds of thousands take to the streets of Sturgis, South Dakota, many bearing patches, badges, and scars of honor, of sacrifice, and of service. All branches of the military are represented and recognized in a wide variety of celebrations, none maybe as quite as powerful as the Freedom Celebration held at the Buffalo Chip.
The sight will stir the soul… Eight hundred United States flags stand waving in the prairie winds on the edges of the Black Hills at the 580 acre Buffalo Chip Campground. Above them, the Battlefield Cross Memorial; a military grade gun standing with boots at it’s base and a helmet dangling from it’s barrel, atop a large piece of granite engraved with the symbol for each of the military branches. They stand for those that are serving and those that have fallen – all those that have fought for our freedom.
The Buffalo Chip Campground has made honoring our military a priority for years, and this year, Black Hills Gold Jewelry by Coleman has added a whole line of stunning designs featuring the unmistakable insignia of the Legendary Buffalo Chip campground. Handcrafted by local artisans, each carefully detailed piece captures the memory of the Field of Flags and Battlefield cross memorial spread out across the plains under the steel buffalo silhouette. All branches of the military can shop the wide array of heirloom quality jewelry pieces available at aafes.com, and pass their own legacy on to their friends or family.
By Jaci Kennison, JLance Freelance, Rapid City, SD