The ceremony included recognizing all active and past members of the armed services who were asked to come to the stage to be recognized for their service and patronage, and to take part in the lowering of the flag ceremony.
Saturday, we planned to go to Deadwood and Sturgis. Upon arriving at Deadwood we were caught up in a heavy traffic jam due to a rodeo they were having, so we decided to head on to Sturgis. For those who aren't familiar with Sturgis, it's a small rural town in South Dakota that is host to the largest Harley Davidson rally in the country. Every year hundreds of thousands flock to Sturgis for the comrade and excitement of being with fellow Harley bikers. Last year there were over four hundred thousand in attendance. The rally this year is August 4-10, so we were there the week before it officially starts, but it's pretty much started already. There are more saloons and T-shirt vendors than anything else we saw. There are many vendors selling bike accessories as well as new and used bikes. I would imagine you can find anything motorcycle related there. The event has a reputation for a lot of drinking and partying and risque' activities and by the looks of some of the apparel and photos we saw, it must be a wild time!
|Sign leading into Deadwood. It's pretty much a tourist town with lots of hotels, restaurants and casinos.|
|Couldn't resist taking a shot of this old clunker chopper.|
|Not sure how fitting it is to have a church in the foreground of the Sturgis sign, but it is, what it is!|
|Lots of saloons/bars|
|Now, for all you folks who want to see what's going on live in Sturgis, here's a sign showing the URL of their web cam.|
|For those of you wanting to read the wording on these garments(?) Click on the picture to enlarge it.|
|This one too.|
|Our good friend, John, with a "different" T-Shirt.|
|I think Al liked it too!|
|Pat displaying a piece of feminine clothing!|
|What can I say!|
|Picture of some of the folks at last year's rally.|
|Now, I think I've seen everything!|