New Combat Wounded parking spaces have been installed in the back parking lot of the Danbury War Memorial to honor wounded war veterans. The signs at the two spaces read: “Reserved – Combat Wounded”, are purple in color and are illustrated with a Purple Heart.
Danbury resident Lee Teicholz, who pioneered the project, said the reserved parking spaces are just a small token of appreciation to those men and women who carry the burden of injuries received while participating in direct combat and who deserve our recognition for the extra mile they have had to walk while serving this nation.
The signs were provided free of charge by the non-profit Omaha, Nebraska based group, Wounded Warriors Family Support.
Other locations are being scouted out in the city to install the signs, and eventually the spaces themselves will be painted purple to further enhance their visibility. He also hopes to have a dedication ceremony for the parking spaces in the near future.
There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients, combat wounded service members who have transitioned back into civilian life.