West Virginia University at Parkersburg became an official Purple Heart College and unveiled a special Purple Heart parking space on Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The special parking space is reserved for veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart Medal.
Approximately 50 colleges and universities nationwide offer this reserved parking space for veterans who have received the Purple Heart. Today’s dedication makes WVU Parkersburg the first community and technical college in the state to establish a Purple Heart designated parking space.
Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat.
WVU Parkersburg was the first community and technical college in the state to hire a full-time veterans’ advocate and also establish a Veterans Resource Center for students.
At the ceremony, Charles Baisden, Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 733 presented a plaque of appreciation to the college. Currently, more than 150 veterans attend WVU Parkersburg.
“The contributions and sacrifices of the men and women at our college who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by all of our citizens,” said Dr. Fletcher Lamkin, WVU Parkersburg president. “To show our appreciation and commitment to them, we have established this parking space designated for Purple Heart recipients.”