Photo courtesy of American Legion website

HELENA – White crosses scatter Montana roads signifying motor vehicle deaths at the locations where the fatalities occurred.  Many people view these markers as memorials for those who have passed; however, the American Legion White Marker Highway Fatality Program says the purpose is to educate the public on driver safety.

The program started in started in 1953. Since its origin, roughly 2,000 fatality markers are displayed statewide and 134 in the Helena area.

While the American Legion’s crosses aren’t memorials, they’ve inspired others to create memorials signifying loved ones lost.

In MTN’s Lindsey Ford’s Special Report she looks into the white cross program. She interviews a mother whose son was killed in a fatal crash and has a similar memorial to honor her son’s life.

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  1. The fatality marker indicates someone was killed in an accident. If that portion of the highway is improved, the marker is removed. They are not to have anything on them, they are not memorials. The American Legion Posts are responsible for putting them in place & maintaining them
    Some Legion Posts don’t do the program. The Department of Transportation makes the.rules
    Questions call John Kougioulis, 459-0286, AMERCAN LEGION DEPT. Fatality Marker Chairman