Declaring that Purple Heart veterans have been on the “front lines” defending our nation and our families, Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony J. Santino and Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr. announced that America’s largest township is establishing Purple Heart reserved parking spaces at popular town facilities. Joining Santino and Dunne at a Town Hall press conference which included unveiling the first reserved Purple Heart parking sign were Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito and Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, as well as Bob Chiappone, Commander of the Long Island Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and other local veterans.
Supervisor Santino and Councilman Dunne enjoyed a car ride with Chiappone as he became the first Purple Heart veteran to park in a reserved parking space at Hempstead Town Hall.
“Purple Heart Veterans have laid their lives on the line, sustaining injuries at the hands of our enemies in battles to defend our freedoms,” stated Santino. “While we can never repay the debt of gratitude that we owe these heroes, we can make life a little easier for them by providing reserved parking spaces for their use at town parks, pools, beaches, golf courses and offices.”
The Supervisor and Councilman Dunne, a former Marine who served in the Vietnam War, came up with the idea of creating the reserved parking spaces for the combat wounded veterans. The officials noted that Purple Heart vets have been wounded in battle and many have difficulty with mobility as a result of their line-of-duty injuries. What’s more, Santino and Dunne indicated that Purple Heart veterans deserve the honor of reserved parking for the service they have rendered to our nation.
“As a Vietnam veteran and a town councilman, I am always looking for ways in which to help those who have answered the call of duty,” said Dunne. “This is a proud day, and I thank Supervisor Santino for making ‘purple heart parking’ possible.”
“I am grateful to Supervisor Anthony Santino, Councilman Dennis Dunne and the Town of Hempstead for creating reserved parking spaces for Purple Heart veterans,” said Bob Chiappone, Commander of Chapter 417 of the Military Order for the Purple Heart. “Our men and women in uniform continue to fight to preserve our freedom and democracy, and these parking spaces are a great way to help our wounded veterans when they return home.”
Reserved parking for Purple Heart veterans will be available at the following town facilities, among other locations:
- Hempstead Town Hall (1 Washington Street, Hempstead)
- Town of Hempstead Dept. of Parks and Recreation (200 North Franklin Avenue, Hempstead)
- Echo Park (399 Nassau Boulevard, West Hempstead)
- Town Park Point Lookout (1300 Lido Boulevard, Point Lookout)
- Town Park Lido Beach (630 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach)
- Town Park at Malibu (1150 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach)
- Oceanside Park (3800 Mahlon Brower Drive, Oceanside)
- Baldwin Park (3232 South Grand Avenue, Baldwin Harbor)
- Newbridge Road Park (2600 Newbridge Road, Bellmore)
- Seamans Neck Park (2700 South Seamans Neck Road, Seaford)
- Lido Golf Course (255 Lido Boulevard, Lido Beach)
- Merrick Golf Course (2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick)
The Purple Heart, presented in the name of the President of the United States, is awarded to veterans who were killed or wounded while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The Town of Hempstead is proud to be a “Purple Heart Town,” a distinction that helps to educate future generations on the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform.
“I agree that our Purple Heart vets deserve our respect and gratitude,” stated Goosby. “This is one small way in which we can say ‘thank you,’” added D’Esposito.
“I couldn’t be more proud of all of our veterans, including our Purple Heart vets,” concluded Santino. “I will be filled with respect and satisfaction every time I see a veteran pull into one of these special parking stalls.”