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Near Junction City in Geary County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Purple Heart Trail in Kansas

"Freedom Isn't Free"

 

— Dedicated to the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines Wounded or Killed in Action —

 
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By Lee Hattabaugh, June 30, 2010
1. Purple Heart Trail in Kansas Marker
Inscription.  
On 13 May 2003, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, proclaimed the Eisenhower Insterstate Highway System in Kansas, as the "Purple Heart Trail." This trail memorializes those heroic service members who have had the Purple Heart medal bestowed on them for wounds received in defense of our Nation and commemorates the patriotic American heritage given to us by General George Washington, the father of our country.

This trail is a project of The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) comprised of patriots who have been wounded in combat while in service of the United State of America. The MOPH promotes principles of patriotism and dedication to duty, and objectives of respect, fraternalism, history, and education.

The "Purple Heart Trail" parallels the interstate highways, and does not replace current names and tributes to individuals and organizations.
 
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryPatriots & PatriotismRoads & VehiclesWomen. In addition, it is included in the Military Order of the Purple Heart series list. A significant historical date for this entry is May 13, 2003.
 
Location.
Purple Heart Trail in Kansas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, June 30, 2010
2. Purple Heart Trail in Kansas Marker
Marker is located above the water fountains in the middle of the picture.
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39° 4.03′ N, 96° 37.333′ W. Marker is near Junction City, Kansas, in Geary County. Memorial can be reached from Interstate 70 4˝ miles west of Pillsbury Drive (State Highway 177), on the right when traveling west. Marker is at the west-bound rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Junction City KS 66441, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historical Kansas (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Riley & Junction City (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Historical Kansas (approx. half a mile away); Veteran's Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ogden (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Tallgrass Prairie (approx. 6.3 miles away); Konza Prairie (approx. 6.3 miles away); Geology at Konza (approx. 6.3 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 6, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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