800 flags to honor war vets placed in Sturgis - KOTA Territory News

800 flags to honor war vets placed in Sturgis


A field of red white and blue was planted in Sturgis Friday night, in honor of our nations veterans.

800 brand new American flags were placed on an open field at the Buffalo Chip, a seven year tradition known as the Field of Flags.

In the past, war veterans placed the flags but this year volunteers at a pre-rally hang-out were the honored guests.

Prior to Friday night, stakes had already been installed in the ground, making it easy for flag-bearers to place the flags.

Buffalo Chip owner, Rod Woodruff says this field is a popular and emotional stop during rally time, especially for war veterans.   

"In particular Vietnam veteran," said Woodruff. "All of the stuff that we've been through in the last 10 years or so, and our people have been through, you know they need something like this it's helpful and healing for them.:" 

In the weeks leading up to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the Field of Flags will add a fire truck, helicopter, Vietnam War memorial, and a 50 by 80 foot flag hanging at the entrance.

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