Historic Monuments & Memorial Sites

Freedom Memorial
Sturgis has been a military community since 1878, when Fort Meade was established as the home of the 7th Cavalry.

Long before “The Star Spangled Banner” became the National Anthem in March 1930, it was adopted as the official retreat ceremony song at Fort Meade. To this day, Fort Meade is a veterans’ hospital, providing care for soldiers who have served our country, both at home and abroad.

Sturgis is proud of the men and women in the armed forces who have served and sacrificed to protect the rights and freedoms of our country.

The Freedom Memorial is located at the east end of the Hills and Plains Park, near the soccer fields, with a pentagon-shaped memorial, four-foot polished granite obelisks recognizing all five branches of the military, a flag with perpetual lighting, and a granite bench and walkway that connects to the local bike/hiking path.

This is an area where visitors can stop, read the plaques, and reminisce about their freedom, family members, and friends who have served to preserve our way of life.  The recreational trail allows visitors to travel east across Bear Butte Creek and on to the Ft. Meade campus or west through the City Park and on to the Sturgis Community Center and the west end of Sturgis.

More Information
For more information about the Freedom Memorial, contact the City of Sturgis, (605) 347-4422.