Warren, Ohio is doing exactly that by painting parking spots purple. The spots will be reserved exclusively for wounded veterans, referencing The Purple Heart decoration, which is awarded to those who are injured or killed during combat.
It might be a small gesture of gratitude for a massive sacrifice, but The Wounded Warriors Family Support organization, which spearheaded the push for purple parking spaces, hopes it means something to the veterans who use it—and draws attention to the extraordinary men and women who put their lives on the line for their country.
The parking spots, which were unveiled outside of the new Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center, are a point of pride for the community, according to Herman Breuer, the director of Trumbell Country's Veterans Service Commission, as he told WKBN News in Youngstown.
"[Veterans] should hold a place in everyone's heart. They spilled blood for their country."
And it's the first parking spot of its kind at a government building in Ohio.
While the new parking spots help those injured in combat access the buildings a bit easier, the city hopes those who utilize the spot will be excited about doing so. With incredible reactions from both the military and civilian communities in Warren, Ohio, we can expect the purple parking spaces to catch on at government buildings and private business alike. Kenneth Lewis, state commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, tells WKBN that he thinks veterans will be more than appreciate it.
Local television station WKBN27 featured the ceremony on their newscast bel0w.
National Headlines, National Recognition
Whether or not the special parking spaces catch on nationally, the purple parking spots have caught the eye of the press, with many people on social media pressing their local government to break out the purple paint.