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17th Annual Dakota Thunder Run shakes Ellsworth

Stan Lieberman stands alongside Col. Gentry Boswell, former 28th Bomb Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt Adam Vizi, 28th BW command chief and Tech. Sgt. Tylor Evans, response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron and president of the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club, Aug. 8, 2017 on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Lieberman is a Pearl Harbor survivor and one of only two World War II veterans in South Dakota.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Stan Lieberman stands alongside Col. Gentry Boswell, former 28th Bomb Wing commander, Chief Master Sgt Adam Vizi, 28th BW command chief and Tech. Sgt. Tylor Evans, response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron and president of the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club, Aug. 8, 2017 on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. Lieberman is a Pearl Harbor survivor and one of only two World War II veterans in South Dakota. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Motorcyclists pass by a B-1 bomber and an F-18 Super Hornet Aug 8, 2017 on the flight line at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The motorcycle ride ended at the Sturgis Veterans Appreciation Ceremony followed by with a flyover from a B-1 bomber over Main Street. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Motorcyclists pass by a B-1 bomber and an F-18 Super Hornet Aug 8, 2017 on the flight line at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The motorcycle ride ended at the Sturgis Veterans Appreciation Ceremony followed by with a flyover from a B-1 bomber over Main Street. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Motorcyclists begin the Dakota Thunder Run and exit the runway Aug 8, 2017 on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The ride started Ellsworth and ended at the Sturgis Veterans Appreciation Ceremony with stops in Nemo and Vanocher Canyon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Motorcyclists begin the Dakota Thunder Run and exit the runway Aug 8, 2017 on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. The ride started Ellsworth and ended at the Sturgis Veterans Appreciation Ceremony with stops in Nemo and Vanocher Canyon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Bikers gather and talk about their motorcycles before riding to the Sturgis Veterans Appreciation Ceremony Aug. 8, 2017 on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. This is the 17th Annual Dakota Thunder run and is hosted by the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

Bikers gather and talk about their motorcycles before riding to the Sturgis Veterans Appreciation Ceremony Aug. 8, 2017 on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D. This is the 17th Annual Dakota Thunder run and is hosted by the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Thomas Karol)

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. --

Members of the Green Knights Military Motorcycle Club hosted the 17th Annual Dakota Thunder Run at Ellsworth Air Force Base with more than 130 participants riding their motorcycles 37 miles to Sturgis, South Dakota, Aug 8, 2017.

This military-hosted event is the start to the annual Veterans Appreciation Ceremony in Sturgis and ended with a B-1 Bomber flyover down Main Street.

“I enjoy the run because it shows our Green Knights together with other riders from around the United States,” said Tech. Sgt. Tylor Evans, response force leader assigned to the 28th Security Forces Squadron and president of the Green Knights MMC.

“I really enjoy the camaraderie of riding with other veterans,” said Steve Wright, a retired Air Force master sergeant.

In addition to the camaraderie brought about during the run, the event also honors those who have served and are currently serving.

This year the leaders of the run selected Stan Lieberman to be honored at the Veterans Appreciation Ceremony. Lieberman is a World War II and Pearl Harbor survivor and is one of two surviving veterans of that war living in South Dakota.