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Parking to be reserved for veterans

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Rick Thomason, senior vice commandant of the mideast division of the Department of North Carolina Marine Corps League, poses with a sign his organization is selling to mark a parking space as reserved for veterans.

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BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Monday, December 11, 2017

Veterans will soon have their own special parking spaces at all Nash County government buildings.

To recognize the heroic nature of all veterans and the actions of Purple Heart recipients, the Nash County Board of Commissioners is purchasing signs to mark parking spaces as reserved for veterans.

The signs are a way to show appreciation and respect to veterans, said Rick Thomason, senior vice commandant of the mideast division of the Department of North Carolina Marine Corps League.

“They wrote a blank check to their country,” Thomason said. “Signs remind us; we will never forget.”

The League, the only federally chartered Corps-related veterans organization in existence, perpetuates the traditions and spirit of Marines, according to information from the organization.

The League has sold 130 signs to be placed by local governments in towns and cities across the state. The signs have a QR code that can lead veterans to a website with information about available services.

The group offers signs for veterans and signs designed for recipients of the Purple Heart.

The commissioners asked County Manager Zee Lamb last month to establish a committee to examine how many signs were needed and where they should be placed.

The committee announced recently that it decided to purchase a Purple Heart sign and several veteran signs for use at every county building parking lot including the county administration building in downtown Nashville, the Agriculture Center on Eastern Avenue in Nashville, the Farmers Market in Rocky Mount, and the heath departments in Nashville and Rocky Mount.

The signs cost $20 each and will be installed by county staff.

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