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CAPE CORAL, FL –
Cape Coral was named a Purple Heart city in May, and Friday, a big-name company showed its thanks to those veterans.
Sam’s Club off Pine Island Road began offering two parking spaces for those with Purple Hearts. The store unveiled the spaces on National Purple Heart Day.
“I think it’s really important today to not forget the cost of freedom and what freedom costs,” said retired Army Sgt. Michael Lipari.
Lipari served three tours in Iraq and was injured in a roadside bomb. “I was one of four people who actually walked away, losing only my hearing, and some injuries to my leg and hip.”
Retired Army Spc. Michael Araujo lost his leg in Afghanistan.
“To get the parking spaces to honor combat wounded, it’s a good feeling,” he said.
Robert Duffney is grateful for the new spaces. “We didn’t get any recognition in the 60’s and 70’s when we came home. It’s really great to be getting that now.”
Customers outside the store said they expect to see more parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients in Southwest Florida, especially since Florida is the state with the most recipients.
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