Black Hills contributes to Cowboys Ride for Veterans Awareness

KOTA Territory News | By Itinease Mcmiller | Posted: Sat 2:30 PM, Oct 01, 2016 | Link to Article

STURGIS S.D. (KOTA TV) – The Black Hills paid a tribute to all veterans as an extension of the Cowboys Ride for Veterans Awareness organization.

The localizing of the event was inspired by Tony Jones, a Fort Pierre South Dakota native that is riding his horse across the United States to Washington D.C. in efforts to help neglected veterans.

On Oct. 1 in Sturgis, cowboys came together to ride from Bear Butte Horse Camp to Alkali Creek Horse Camp.

The event ended with a flag folding ceremony.

The flag will be taken to Jones in Washington D.C. to be a part of the dedication ceremony during the week of Oct. 9.

All of the donations received from the event and Jones’s journey to Washington will go to the Semper Fi Fund.

This fund is made up of a branch of marine spouses that have raised money for a variety of veterans.

“They raise money for all branches of military, for the army, the coast guard, the marines, the navy and the air force, just all branches, and they’ve raised about 133 million dollars and helped 16 thousand families,” said Justin Mallory, head horse rider.

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