PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Transportation Commission has agreed to designate Interstate 90 as the Purple Heart Trail to honor military personnel killed or wounded in combat.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart requested the designation. The Purple Heart Trail is aimed at creating a system of roads, bridges and other monuments that pay tribute to those who received the Purple Heart Medal while in military service.
The state Transportation Department says 45 states and Guam have designated parts of their road systems as Purple Heart Trails.
Markers will be placed at rest areas along I-90.
Transportation Commission member Robert Benson, a retired National Guard brigadier general, says he wants recipients of the Purple Heart Medal who stop at a rest area to see that South Dakota cares about them.
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