Welcome to the official
Salute to American Veterans
Rally & Festival© web site.
Our goal is to provide visitors with information & entertainment honoring this spectacular yearly event.
SALUTE TO AMERICAN VETERANS RALLY MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of the Salute to American Veterans Rally Committee and our annual event can be summed up in five simple but meaningful words:
DUTY, HONOR, CAMARADERIE, RESPECT and FREEDOM.
DUTY: We personally feel that planning and executing this annual event is our duty. While many of us, myself included, have never served our Great Nation in the Armed Forces, this is our way to give back. While the debt of gratitude that we owe to every United States Veteran - both living and passed on, can NEVER be repaid, this gathering is one small effort to show how much we appreciate your sacrifices to our Nation, and our freedom. This is our mission.
HONOR: To honor the memories of every fallen Veteran from the revolutionary War to the present day. To Honor ALL living Veterans. To honor all Active Duty Military Members. To Honor our Flag - the symbol of our nation, and to Honor our Country, the greatest in the world. This is our mission.
CAMARADERIE: To create a time and a place for Veterans to gather together and share the experiences and feelings that only Veterans can understand. Also, to create a venue in which patriotic Americans can convey their appreciation, support and respect to Living Veterans and to the families of the fallen. This is our mission.
RESPECT: To show respect to our Flag, Our Country, to each other and most importantly to those who protect what is dear to us. This is our mission.
FREEDOM: Freedom is the life-blood of America. For many, the Motorcycle is the embodiment of Freedom, giving the rider the ability to go where they want, when they want with few restrictions. Like an Eagle flying Free, the feeling is without compromise. Freedom is a precious gift to be cherished, honored, relished and respected. The gift of freedom is one that most will never enjoy, as they are forbidden by tyrants and dictators who hate freedom and despise those who have it. The Gift of freedom comes with a very high price: It is paid for with the blood of Hundreds of Thousands of United States Veterans, and with the tears and anguish of their families. So precious is the gift of freedom that taking it for granted is unthinkable, outrageous, and nearly a sin. So we gather here, to honor, remember and respect those who pay the price for OUR FREEDOM, but also, to CELEBRATE that freedom. Celebrating our freedom: This is our mission.
God Bless America.
Veterans Rally Video
Watch this awesome 9 minute video which will give you a taste of what the Vets Rally is all about.
Check out the 2011 :60 second video from KILO!
"The INTRODUCTION" - by Danny Barton
I have attended and shot my camera at the last eight "Salute to American Veterans" motorcycle rallies. I am drawn to the event naturally as I am a biker and a veteran.
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A brief glimpse of the 2013 Vets Rally video
Veterans Rally Receives Honors video
KRDO TV's "Red Friday Hero" Award recognizes Colorado's "Salute to American Veterans Rally" as an outstanding show of support and healing.
Check out these Challenge Coins we've received.
Honored 2015 Rally Guest Speaker
The SALUTE TO AMERICAN VETERANS RALLY COMMITTEE is honored and VERY humbled to welcome MR. JAMES W. DOWNING as our honored guest at this year's Rally.
Jim’s ship, the USS West Virginia, was sunk in the December 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor. Jim is believed to be the oldest living survivor of the attack, having turned 100 in August 2013.
2014 Vets Rally donation
The following note was sent to us by Tina Smith. Tina's husband Chris is terminally ill and their VA Benefits were stalled in Government red tape back in late 2014.
Jack Wilhiet has "Flown West"
RIP Old Friend. Love and Respect to you and your Family from the Salute to American Veterans Rally Crew.
POW/MIA Recognition Ride
Colorado’s largest procession of motorcycles celebrates 28 YEARS!
When Veteran's Day Just Isn't Enough
By Lisa Price Waltman
Thunder Roads Colorado
It all began due to a lack of understanding and proper respect. One date in November and one Memorial Day in May simply didn't cut it. So, 25 years ago, The Salute to American Veterans Rally and Festival was born with a whopping 15 bikers in attendance. Year by year, one biker here, another ten bikers there, the numbers began to grow as did the overdue understanding and proper respect for the service and sacrifice of our American veterans.
POW/MIA Recognition Ride Rolling Strong for 28 Years!
When motorcyclists ride away from Woodland Park High School and onto US Highway 24 on August 15, 2015, they‘ll be continuing a journey begun 28 years ago with the blast of drag pipes, a bit of attitude, and a heartfelt mission in mind. Read on...
Highway 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek is now the "POW~MIA MEMORIAL HIGHWAY" Thanks to all those who had a hand in making this happen!
CSMNG: They are not forgotten
(2010) Annual ride honors military, remembers...
More than 5,000 motorcyclists ride into Cripple Creek to show their support to American veterans during the 23rd annual recognition ride Saturday. The riders created a column that stretched for approximately nine miles as they traveled from Woodland Park to Cripple Creek.
Story and photos by Spc. Andrew Ingram
4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office.
Vietnam Veteran and CMH recipient to speak at 2015 Rally
The Salute to American Veterans Rally Committee welcomes Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Mr. Sam Davis to the 2015 event! Mr. Davis will be our Honored Guest for the weekend and we welcome him and his wife Dixie to Cripple Creek.
This video highlights just one of this Man's many experiences in Vietnam. We are honored and humbled to have him as our guest.
"This event is hands-down the most impressive show of support for Active Duty Military, Veteran's and POW-MIA I have ever been a part of. Please go out and show your support and have a great time. Whether you've served or not, whether you ride or not, you will be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support at this event!"
Ed Wise - USAF Ret.
Read the 2014 Rally program "digital edition" online!
Want to advertise in the Official 2015 Souvenir Rally Program? Get all the info →here.
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Farewell To An Old Friend
The Salute to American Veterans Rally Committee regretfully announces the loss of a great friend. Sgt. “Bady” aka “Bad Ass”
"The WALL" returns!
Ever since it was unveiled, the low, black wall that is the Vietnam War Memorial has been a powerful presence, having a profound effect on nearly everyone who visits it.
2013 Rally "A Recognition and Celebration"
story by Tim Anderson
Southwest Scooter News
It was easy to feel the difference in the summer morning air in Woodland Park, Colorado, as riders staged for the 26th Annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride to Cripple Creek and the 21st Salute To American Veterans Rally.
At first it was hard to identify what that difference was. But the longer riders mingled, waiting for the ride to launch the 38-mile ride to Cripple Creek, it became apparent what the vibe rippling through the 3500 assembled riders was. It was excitement.