World’s largest American flag unfurled at Sturgis Buffalo Chip

STURGIS, S.D. — A large group of people gathered this holiday weekend in the northern Black Hills to show their patriotism.

The group of people came together Friday night to hold up the world’s largest American flag for President Trump, as he flew by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. The 505-feet long, 255-feet wide flag weighs 3000 pounds, but it was about what the flag represents that led them to hoist old glory.

“People don’t understand, appreciate what the constitution is all about, how important the bill of rights is, and this flag is a symbol of all those things,” said Rod Woodruff, the Owner of the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. “Not just of people who died protecting it, it’s a symbol of what they were protecting.”

The event was organized by Dane and John Senser who rented the flag and brought it to the Buffalo Chip to ensure they had enough space to unfold the flag.

John, who lost his job during the COVID-19 pandemic, wanted to unfurl the flag for those that gave their lives for it. A plethora of events urged John and his brother Dane to bring the flag to South Dakota.

First, they heard that President Trump was coming to Mount Rushmore for the fireworks display. The motto of South Dakota,  “Under God the people rule”, was another thing that brought Senser’s to the Buffalo Chip to raise the flag. Finally, how Gov. Noem handled the COVID-19 situation in the state told the Senser brothers that South Dakota was the place to bring the flag.

“It’s a free state, I call it a free state,” John Senser said. ” The Governor didn’t say that ‘you couldn’t do this, you couldn’t do that, you gotta do this’. She left it up to the people to be responsible. We were like ‘this is a perfect storm for the flag to come here’, and we drove into the state, we didn’t know anybody. We started asking people if we could put the flag on their land and eventually we wound up here at Buffalo Chip.”


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