If you live in Grant County, you know it has heart. But, did you know it now has a purple heart? Grant County is home to over 543 veterans and has been dubbed a Purple Heart County. The road signs have just arrived and will be posted at entrances to the county.
A purple heart signifies a military man or woman was wounded or killed in combat. Since it was first established in 1932, 1.8 Million have been awarded, according to thepurpleheart.com.
The Grant County Commissioners processed the paperwork for its designation and and it was signed by Grant County Auditor Karen Layher and Chairman of the Grant County Commission Marty Buttke on September 4. Grant County also now goes on the purple heart map of the lower 48 states. The Purple Heart Trail, according to Ken Teunissen of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), starts in Washington, D.C. by Mount Vernon, and continues through each state.
South Dakota has 190 designated areas on the Purple Heart Highway. Rock County in Minnesota was the first Minnesota County to make the map. Minnehaha County was the first in South Dakota, Grant County is second, and Pierre is the Purple Heart Capital of South Dakota. Look for the signs as they appear soon near county lines.
Front Row: Buck Underwood (Luverne Minnesota, Rock County), Scott Malimanek, Tim Jurgens (Legion Post 9 adjutant) Back Row: Ken Teunissen MOPH, Gary Henley, Karen Layher, Dennis Adelman (Legion Post 9 Commander)