An Ohio town is going above and beyond the call of duty to honor veterans who have been injured during combat while serving their country. Warren, Ohio revealed that they will be putting a “purple parking spot” in front of every government building within city limits.
What is a purple parking spot? It’s exactly what it sounds like! A parking spot, painted completely purple, that is reserved specifically for Purple Heart recipients. The deep purple is meant to match the color of a Purple Heart Medal and signifies that, unless you’ve spilled blood defending your country, your car doesn’t belong here.
The first purple parking spot was painted in front of the Warren Municipal Court but supporters hope it will be the first of many. Despite only having 40,000 residents, as per the U.S. Census Bureau, the small Ohio town plans to continue adding purple parking spots in front of every municipal building. They hope that it will spark a nationwide trend of other townships doing the same, which it appears they have! It’s a small token of gratitude that the town hopes will be a daily reminder to veterans that their sacrifices are appreciated.
Kenneth Lewis, the state commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said in an interview with WKBN News:
“They’d be proud to park here, Fills your heart up.”
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