Events Calendar

Black Hills National Cemetery-Escort & Flag Line for Richard Fox, U.S. Air Force @ Stage @ Sturgis Lodge Motel
Jul 25 @ 12:50 pm – 2:00 pm

Escort & Flag Line for Inurnment
July 25th, 2024
Black Hills National Cemetery

1.   The family of Richard Fox has requested the Patriot Guard and American Legion riders provide an escort and stand a flag line for the inurnment ceremony at Black Hills National Cemetery.

Mission details are:
Date:  Thursday, 25 July 2024
12:50 PM:  Staging time at the Sturgis Lodge Motel (formerly Best Western); 2431 Junction Avenue, Sturgis, SD. Located at I-90 exit 32.
1:15 PM: Escort departs going to Black Hills National Cemetery
1:30 PM: Service starts
2:00 PM: Service complete, flag line stands down and mission complete
2. Weather forecast shows a high of 94 degrees and clear skies.
3. Flags will be provided.


Dick D. Turnwall

Sioux Falls, SD-EVENT/85th Annual Sioux Empire Fair “Salute to Veterans” @ W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
Aug 2 @ 9:00 am – Aug 10 @ 7:00 pm

EVENT/Salute to Veterans
August 2nd thru 10th, 2024
W.H. Lyon Fairgrounds
Sioux Falls, SD

It’s that time of year again.  The Patriot Guard Riders have been invited back, for the ninth year, to be present at the Sioux Empire Fair to raise our 30’X50′ flag “Old Glory” as a salute to our communities’ Veterans, Military and Emergency First Responders.  We will be doing the initial set up on Friday, August 2nd starting at 9:00 AM (before the heat hits)If any one is available then, your help is always appreciated.

Rosenbauer will be bringing a ladder truck for our 30×50′ flag, Friday morning and we will be placing the stakes for the Flags and banners in the area that we have had them in the past.  At 9:00 am, each day, we will be placing the KIA and military flags and preparing to raise the 30×50′ flag on the ladder truck at 10:00 am.  At 7:00 pm each day, we will need help lowering and storing all of the flags.  (The 7:00 pm may be subject to change.)

During the fair, we will be asking our members for volunteers to help any days you are available for two or three hours during the day and we will always try to have at least one member there at all times.  We will only have brochures and information about the PGR available for handouts to anyone interested in what we do and to be there to provide information about the Patriot Guard Riders.  I really need a few of you to step up and volunteer to help with this so that no one person has a long stretch in our area.  This year we are asking that you bring your own chair to use while you’re at the area and you can put it in or by the trailer when you’re not there because we do not want any empty chairs sitting around the truck or flags.

Any Veteran PGR members coming out to the fair will be admitted free at the gate, with veteran ID.  If you will be riding in, you will need a gate pass, which we will have.  If you don’t have a gate pass, you will need to contact me to let me know when you will be coming so you can be met at the south gate (entry from 12th St.).  I also will have passes for our non-veteran members. Let me know the days you plan to assist with helping with set up or taking down flags and I will give you gate passes for those days.  For all others, call me or State Captain, Jim Lentsch (605-240-0024) before you come or when you get there so we can bring you a pass when you arrive at the gate.

Hope to see you there,

Randy Ward
Asst. State Captain
Sioux Falls, SD