Freedom Celebration Honors Military with Full Day of Patriotic Events
Salute Those Who Serve at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Military Tribute!
7:30 p.m. - Star Spangled Banner Performance and Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award Presentation
10:30 p.m. – Headliner Performance from Jon Pardi
Sturgis Buffalo Chip® CrossRoads and Amphitheater
Honor those who fight for our freedoms
Supporting soldiers has long been a tradition at the Buffalo Chip, and again this year the Chip will be dedicating an entire day to the acknowledgement of these brave men and women. Help honor the past and present members of our military during the 31st annual Freedom Celebration on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022!
Experience a variety of powerful presentations, moving events and inspiring performances, all specifically designed to recognize those who have selflessly served and, in some instances, lost their lives during the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s® Military Tribute Day.
In addition to official Freedom Celebration events, you have the opportunity throughout the Rally to honor those who have served by visiting several meaningful military tributes located at Buffalo Chip’s free-access CrossRoads.
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A military branch color guard will present the colors on the Wolfman Jack Stage followed by a moving rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award
Each year the Buffalo Chip chooses members of our military to honor for their courage, sacrifices and heroic patriotism. Past recipients of this award include Retired Navy SEAL Richard “Skipper” Marcinko, Senator John McCain, Colonel Steve Ritchie, Bob Woodruff, Retired Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods and Former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty. Buffalo Chip President Rod Woodruff will present this award to this year’s honorees on the main stage before that night’s headlining performance.
Meet past award recipients!
Veteran’s Bike Presentation
After sacrificing for our freedoms, an active-duty female combat-wounded amputee will receive a modified Zero Motorcycle designed with her needs in mind. The specially modified bike will be presented on the Buffalo Chip Main Stage during a special 2022 Freedom Celebration presentation.
Free Veteran’s Bike Raffle Presentation
Veteran’s Bike Raffle won’t cost you a dime. If you’re a veteran with an honorable discharge, visit one of many registration locations throughout the Buffalo Chip property between Friday, Aug. 5 and Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022 to enter your name. The winner will be announced on the Wolfman Jack Stage during the Freedom Celebration presentation and ride home after the rally on a brand new 2022 motorcycle with all tax covered.
Veteran Assistance K9 Program Service Dog Presentation
For their dedication to the security of this great nation, Special Operations Wounded Warriors and Baden K9 have teamed up to present a veteran with a specially trained Belgian Malinois on the Buffalo Chip’s main stage prior to the night’s headlining performance by Jon Pardi.
Action Trackchair Presentation
The mission of patriotic clothing brand OP1VET is “Changing the Life of 1 Veteran at a Time.” During the Freedom Celebration, they'll be doubling up by providing freedom, independence and mobility to two disabled veterans when they present them with Action Trackchairs on the Buffalo Chip Main Stage.
Share the day with some of our nation’s most inspiring and insightful authors, speakers, activists and retired military personnel, who will be giving speeches, signing books and mingling with guests.
Meet special guests!
Exhibits throughout the Sturgis Rally
Walk or ride through a majestic display of 800 proudly waving American Flags near the West Campground Entrance. Freedom Field honors soldiers past and present, including those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. One stately flag stands every 10 feet surrounding a reflection area containing a memorial stone honoring all branches of the military and POWs. This display is open every day during the rally.
AVTT Veterans Memorial Wall
Standing proudly behind the Battlefield Cross Sculpture and Freedom Field is the AVTT Veterans Memorial Wall. Each year the Patriot Guard Riders assist in putting up this wall so you can see the names and pay your respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms.
On-Site Veterans Organizations
America’s Mighty Warriors
The organization was founded by Debbie Lee after her son Marc was the first Navy SEAL to be killed in Iraq on August 2, 2006. In Marc’s last letter home, he asked for friends and family to “pass on the love and kindness and precious gift of human life”. Since then, America’s Mighty Warriors has been fighting to support our troops, the fallen and their families and to work with like-minded organizations to do the same.
Special Operations Wounded Warriors
This 501(c)(3) charity was formed in August of 2012 for the distinct purpose of providing outdoor experiences and focused therapeutic retreats to a select group of both active duty and veteran U.S. Military Special Operations Forces that have received wounds (both seen and unseen) in battle or significant training accidents, most of which that have been awarded our country’s prestigious Purple Heart Medal.
The Rapid City Vet Center exists as part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a smoother post-war readjustment to civilian life. The Vet Center will be represented at the CrossRoads, where they will be providing counseling services for vets and their surviving parents, spouses, children and siblings.
Help the VFW maintain national and state veterans’ rehabilitation and service programs by purchasing a Buddy Poppy! The VFW Post 3312 of Belle Fourche, SD will be selling these symbolic memorial flowers throughout the campground on Thursday Aug. 10.
Vietnam Veterans of America – Deadwood Chapter
VVA CHAPTER #1039 welcomes all who served in Vietnam between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975. Joining VVA allows you to connect with other veterans, stay up with the latest on special events.