HILLSBOROUGH – The Lowe’s Home Improvement Store on Route 206 has joined with a growing number of retailers, schools, churches and other organizations to pay tribute to members of the Armed Services who are recipients of the Purple Heart medal.

Lowe’s recently set aside two spots in its parking lot at the Hillsborough Promenade Shopping Center that are reserved exclusively for Purple Heart recipients.           

Lined with purple stripes, both spots are adjacent to handicapped parking spaces and can be distinguished by the metal sign that reads: “Reserved Combat Wounded” with an image of the Purple Heart medal.

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There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients nationwide, awarded the medal for being wounded during combat.

“They have made great sacrifices to ensure our freedoms but often go unrecognized,” said Col. John Folsolm, founder of Wounded Warriors Family Support, sponsors of the program.

WWFS offers Combat Wounded Parking Signs free of charge to establishments as a way of honoring and recognizing these veterans.

“The response has been tremendous, stretching from coast to coast,” Folsolm added. The signs have been placed in the parking lots of businesses, churches, schools and colleges, government, and medical facilities.

 Lowe’s stores in other states have installed the Purple Heart signs the past several years.

Paul Ungerleider, HR manager at the Hillsborough Lowe’s, read about those efforts in the company’s internal electronic newsletter and that’s what led to the signs being installed here and at another Lowe’s store in Butler, according to Dana Monnia, assistant store manager.

WWFS asks that those interested in acquiring the signs send a FedEx of UPS label to cover shipping costs. For more information about Combat Wounded Parking Signs call Ron Julianelle at Wounded Warriors Family Support at (402) 502-7557 or emailron@wwfs.org.

Information is also available on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/parkingspotph