Salem in McCook County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Purple Heart Memorial Highway
On May 24, 2012, the South Dakota DOT's Transportation Commission officially declared Interstate 90 from the Minnesota border to the Wyoming border as South Dakota's segment of the National Purple Heart Trail. The Purple Heart Trail was established in 1992 by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to be a symbolic trail throughout all 50 states and U.S. territories to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The Trail originates in Mt. Vernon, Virginia, which is the burial location of George Washington. The Purple Heart Medal was specifically a combat decoration and is our Nation's oldest military medal. It was first created by General George Washington in 1782 and was known as the Badge of Military Merit. The Purple Heart Medal is awarded to members of the armed forces of the United States who have either been wounded or killed in action by an enemy of the United States. The purpose of the Purple Heart Trail is to create a symbolic and honorary system of roads, highways, bridges and other monuments that give tribute to men and women who have received
"As you travel the Purple Heart Trails, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices that have been paid for the nation's freedom."
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 24, 2012.
Location. 43° 40.035′ N, 97° 24.908′ W. Marker is in Salem, South Dakota, in McCook County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 363,, 1½ miles west of U.S. 81. Marker is located in Salem Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Salem SD 57058, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salem Rest Area (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bridgewater (approx. 9.2 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 28, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.