Sturgis Rally Visits BHHCS 2011 - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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Sturgis Rally Visits BHHCS 2011

Verl Smith Racing Team and fellow bikers at Ft. Meade VAMC

Verl Smith Racing Team, along with other racers in town for the Sturgis Rally, pose with Veteran Ruth Kruse-Adams. Ms. Adams served as a WAVE during WWII.

By Cheryl Rieniets, Lead Voluntary Services Specialist
Thursday, September 8, 2011

With the constant rumble of motorcycles going past the Fort Meade VA Medical Center, which is located about ½ way between the town of Sturgis and the Buffalo Chip campground and Saloon where nightly outdoor concerts were held, there was no getting away from the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

But while the roar of the motorcycles may be gone, the memories aren't. Sturgis Rally Week activities filled the Black Hills, and our Ft. Meade and Hot Springs facilities had special guests.

Ft. Meade VAMC started things off  with a visit by Nick Lee, a "Burn-out" champion who came to visit with a 92' long 18-wheeler loaded with custom designed motorcycles.

Then Verl Smith's Racing for V.E.T.S. arrived for their annual visit. "Smitty" has spread the word of his dedication to Veterans, and many of his sponsors and other Racers joined him and gave out hats and t-shirts to the Veterans they visited. They put on quite a large bike show for all of the Veterans on site.

"Rudy’s Gang" made their annual visit to put on a special BBQ dinner for the CLC residents. Once again the word spread about the annual event to honor and show respect for Veterans, and Sturgis Rally bikers from across the country came to be part of Rudy's Gang.

Rolling Thunder, an organization dedicated to keeping the memory of POW's and MIA's alive, made this their first stop. The following day they were part of the ceremony at the National Cemetery to honor fallen Heroes.

And while things were happening up north, the Hot Springs VAMC saw the annual Fall River Freedom Ride roll through the facility. Almost 200 motorcycles came through before touring in the Hills.

Rolling Thunder also visited the Hot Springs campus and did a special BBQ meal for our Veterans and the Red Hat Militia was along for the ride, bringing goody bags that the Veterans received during the BBQ.

Through the generosity and devotion shown by these special groups, the Veterans continue to be part of the activities going on in the area. They come to salute the Veteran, and we salute them for their ongoing commitment in showing their appreciation and admiration for those who have served.

(If you would like to see more photos, visit our Sturgis Week Photo Album on our Facebook page)


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