By Megan Andrews—
The Tarleton State University president, Dr. Dominic Dottavio, Tarleton Police Chief Matt Welch and the Commandant of Corps of Cadets at Tarleton and U.S. Air Force veteran, Col. Kenny Weldon, dedicated four purple parking spots across campus on Thursday to honor Purple Heart recipients and combat wounded warriors. These parking spots are located by Memorial Stadium, Wisdom Gym, Veterans Services and between the O. A. Grant Building and Davis Hall. Welch has been working on this project since last fall.
“To me, it’s an incredible way to honor those who have served for our country,” said Welch.
Several veterans from Erath Veteran Services attended the ribbon cutting ceremony as well as Tarleton ROTC members and other local veteran associations.
Dottavio felt that this gesture was an indication of how committed Tarleton is to saying, “Thank you,” to those who have fought for our country.
“Regardless of how much these parking spaces are used, I think this is a visible symbol of our dedication to our servicemen and another representation of why it is that we are considered a military-friendly campus,” Dottavio said at the dedication.
Weldon feels strongly about the recognition of Purple Heart recipients and their service to our country.
“It’s meaningful to me to see purple hearts pinned on chests to know the bravery that these veterans provided for their country… It’s one of the most recognized and respected medals in the United States Armed Forces,” Weldon added.
Tarleton is now the first school in the Texas A&M University System to dedicate purple parking spots to veterans.
“We finally have a positive parking story,” said Welch.