Disabled, and now even Women-Only and Green Vehicle signs are everyday sights in parking lots across America. But have you seen a purple parking spot?
On Nov. 2, 2015, in Warren, Ohio, a newly paved parking lot was revealed outside the Warren Municipal Court building, proudly bearing a purple parking space, as reported by Nadine Grimley of WKBN 27 First News.
Designated for Purple Heart veterans, those who have been wounded in combat, the parking space is a measure by the city to recognize its veterans, explained Herman Breuer, director of the Trumbull County Veterans Service Commission.
“You know, combat wounded, they should hold a special place in everyone’s heart. They spilled blood for their country,” said Breuer.
The parking spot is the first of its kind in Warren and comes just weeks before the planned opening of the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center, reports Grimley.
The $1.5 million building will consolidate all of the county’s veterans agencies in a single building.
Mayor Doug Franklin told WKBN 27 First News the parking space outside the Warren Municipal Court is the first of many. Others are planned for the government services building and the Packard Music Hall.
The effect on veterans so far has been heartwarming.
“They would be proud to park here. Fills your heart up,” said Kenneth Lewis, state commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart.