April 16, 2019

City Named Purple Heart City

Ken Teunissen of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presents signs to Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender and the City Council during the April 15 Council meeting. The signs designate Rapid City as a Purple Heart City for its support of veterans, including combat and purple heart veterans. Ken Teunissen of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presents signs to Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender and the City Council during the April 15 Council meeting. The signs designate Rapid City as a Purple Heart City for its support of veterans, including combat and purple heart veterans. (City Photo/Darrell Shoemaker)

PURPLE HEART CITY

Ken Teunissen of the Military Order of the Purple Heart presents Mayor Steve Allender and members of the City Council with signs symbolizing Rapid City as a Purple Heart City and recognizing the community for its support of veterans.

    Earlier this month, the Council passed a resolution honoring the group's recognition of Rapid City and on April 6, Council members Ritchie Nordstrom and Jason Salamun attended the organization's convention in Rapid City to receive signs declaring Rapid City as a Purple Heart City as recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.  Monday's Council meeting was a formal presentation of the sign by the group, with many members attending the Council presentation.

     The signs signify Rapid City as a Purple Heart City and also include reserved parking signs for veterans and combat wounded veterans which may be placed at City areas.

      At the April 8 convention in Rapid City, speakers, including South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden and South Dakota congressional delegation staff, spoke of the extreme sacrifices of our veterans and many also referenced Rapid City as a veterans community and its support of veterans.

     Nordstrom, Salamun, Steve Laurenti and Amanda Scott are Rapid City Council members who served in the military.

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