Veterans will always have a special place in my heart, personally. The bravery, the courage, then having to readjust to civilian life. It makes them much better people than I could ever dream to be. Though I'm happy about this addition to the Capital Region, it should've happened sooner!

The Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded to those who were injured or killed while serving with the United States Military. It's not an award I can imagine that any aspire to receive but it's necessary to honor them for what they have sacrificed. Now, Schenectady is taking it a step further and offering those with Purple Hearts special parking spots downtown, identified by the purple coloring in the spot.

Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, Thomas Prasenski, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart as well as other local veterans stood by on Tuesday afternoon when the 4th Purple Heart space was revealed behind Proctors Theatre, according to The Daily Gazette. To symbolize the addition, Pransenski, a Purple Heart Veteran who served three tours in Iraq, ended the unveiling by pulling his car into the special spot.

The other three spots in Schenectady can be found at the Museum of Innovation and Science, at Rotterdam Town Hall and at Princetown Town Hall. Hopefully this idea will catch on throughout the entire Capital Region and we'll soon have more than just 4 spots for these incredible soldiers.

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