Two signs reserve parking for recipients of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
|(l to r) Stephen F. Dougherty, SJTA Executive Director, Charles Garrett, SJTA Community Relations Manager/United States Army, Ron Reese, United States Marine Corp/Purple Heart Recipient, Jerry Callahan, United States Marine Corp/Purple Heart Recipient, Marco Polo Smigliani, United States Marine Corp/Purple Heart Recipient and Frank Stranix, SJTA Operations/United States Navy|
HAMMONTON, NJ - 11-09-18 - The South Jersey Transportation Authority is proud to designate two parking spaces as reserved for holders of the Purple Heart at its Frank S. Farley Service Plaza on the Atlantic City Expressway. In consideration of the approaching Veterans Day observance, the Authority officially unveiled the signs establishing the reserved parking spaces.
Each space is located adjacent to handicap spots and convenient to the front door on both the east and westbound sides of Farley Plaza. Only vehicles owned and operated by a certified Purple Heart recipient with appropriate tags can park in the designated spaces.
Director of Expressway Operations James Sullivan said his decision to establish the parking privilege was, "The right thing to do for this select group of veterans."
The Military Order of the Purple Heart is specifically a combat decoration awarded in the name of the President of the United States to members of the Armed Services killed or wounded in action.
"We are proud to recognize the service of those who earn a Purple Heart with this small gesture of a preferred parking spot. These designated, reserved spaces will help to remind us all of the sacrifices our veterans have made," said SJTA Executive Director Stephen F. Dougherty.
Approximately 43 veterans work for the SJTA in various locations.