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27th Annual Salute to American Veterans Rally & 32nd Annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride

August 16 @ 8:00 am - August 18 @ 5:00 pm

Colorado’s largest procession of motorcycles
Celebrates 32 YEARS in 2019!
The annual Colorado POW/MIA Recognition Ride celebrates its 32nd Anniversary this August. This spectacular show of respect and admiration for America’s Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action began as a very humble effort by a few Southern Colorado Bikers who wanted to make a statement.
In 1987, The crew at High Country Custom Cycles rounded up some Friends, Veterans & local Bikers, and organized a gathering at the shop on a warm Sunday morning. The group affixed POW/MIA flags to their motorcycles and headed out. The strategy was to make as much noise as possible and hopefully get the attention of some of the local citizens. The effort ended up accomplishing much more.
Year after year, the POW/MIA Recognition Ride continued to flourish in Colorado Springs. The ride grew from a dozen or so motorcycles to 100 the second year and many hundreds after that. Over the next several years, the ride turned into an overnighter, attracted vendors and ultimately gave birth to what is now known as the Salute to American Veterans rally held annually in Cripple Creek.
From its humble beginnings, the ride has always been a volunteer effort. Just one year younger than the infamous “Rolling Thunder” ride on Washington DC, Colorado’s POW/MIA Recognition Ride has maintained its integrity and its longevity, proving that it is a solid proposition worthy of the support of all of Colorado’s motorcyclists.
One participant had this to say: “If you’ve never been on this ride, you owe it to yourself to do it at least once. I have never felt so proud to be an American as I did when we crested the hill and rolled into Cripple Creek … met by those thousands of patriots and that huge American flag. It sent shivers up my spine and the feelings of pride and patriotism were like none I had ever felt.”


Vietnam Memorial Traveling WALL (Thurs 12 noon – Sunday 3pm)
2019 Harley-Davidson Roading GIVEAWAY
POW/MIA Remembrance Ceremony
RED FRIDAY T-Shirt giveaway
POW/MIA Recognition Ride
Combat Hero Bike Build
VIP Guest Speakers
Veteran’s Poker Run
Pancake Breakfast
Veteran’s Parade
Aircraft Flyovers
Street Vendors
Silent Auction
Beer Garden
Live music

For additional event information, please view the On-Line Rally Program



August 16 @ 8:00 am
August 18 @ 5:00 pm
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