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Near Vivian in Lyman County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Purple Heart Memorial Highway

 
 
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By TeamOHE, September 1, 2018
1. Purple Heart Memorial Highway Marker
Inscription.  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 is 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 the men and women who
Purple Heart Memorial Highway Marker image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, September 1, 2018
2. Purple Heart Memorial Highway Marker
have received the Purple Heart Medal.

"As you travel the Purple Heart Trails, please take a moment to remember the sacrifices that have been paid for our nation's freedom."
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryRoads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart series list.
 
Location. 43° 54.698′ N, 100° 11.988′ W. Marker is near Vivian, South Dakota, in Lyman County. Marker is on Interstate 90 at milepost 218, 4.3 miles east of 293rd Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Located at the Vivian Eastbound Rest Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Presho SD 57568, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civilian Conservation Corps Camp (here, next to this marker); World's Only Corn Palace - Mitchell (a few steps from this marker); Medicine Creek Rest Area (approx. 2.8 miles away); How Come They Called it Presho (approx. 7.2 miles away); Lyman County, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.2 miles away).

 
Medicine Creek Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By TeamOHE, September 1, 2018
3. Medicine Creek Rest Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 6, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 31 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 6, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
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