University of Alabama to designate parking spot for Purple Heart recipients

Purple Heart

​A parking spot at ​the U​niversity of Alabama ​will be dedicated ​Wednesday to a ​very ​special group of students: Purple Heart recipients.

“Honoring veterans in this way shows the commitment and dedication UA has for taking care of these students,” said Director of the UA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs David Blair, in a statement released by the university. “This is just one more reason UA continues to be recognized as a top military- and veteran-friendly university. Currently we serve just over 4,000 veterans, service members and dependents.”

The parking space, located​ near the Ferguson Student Center​ in the southwest corner of the parking lot​​, ​will be unveiled ​during an 11 a.m. ceremony.

The ​spot will be marked with purple striping, a marker and the logo of the Purple Heart medal painted on the asphalt.

There are an estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients nationwide. ​According to the university, the school currently has two Purple Heart recipients in its study body. They will both be eligible to ark in the spot, pending registering their vehicles with parking services.