WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – On a newly paved parking lot outside of the Warren Municipal Court, there is now a special spot — painted purple — for veterans wounded in combat.
Herman Breuer, director of the Trumbull County Veteran Services Network, said the parking spots are just another way to honor area veterans for their service.
“For the city to recognize veterans by putting out a parking spot for the combat wounded, you know, combat wounded, they should hold a special place in everyone’s heart,” he said. “They spilled blood for our country.”
Kenneth Lewis, state commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said, as far as he knows, this is the first parking spot of its kind at a government building in the state.
“They’d be proud to park here,” he said. “Fills your heart up.”
Although this is the first purple parking spot designated for combat wounded veterans in the city of Warren, officials say there is more to come. In fact, they will be putting one at every city building.
“We’ll have one at every single building that’s used. So right now, City Hall will have one, the new government services building, the old Gibson building will have one, along with Packard Music Hall,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.
The unveiling comes just weeks before the Samuel E. Lanza Veterans Resource Center is set to open.
“They’re finishing up the last details as we speak,” said Breurer. “We’re hoping to have the keys to the building pretty shortly.”
The brand new $1.5 million building will bring all of the county’s veterans agencies under one roof.