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GORDON Paints Parking Spaces To Honor Wounded Veterans
April 2017

GORDON, a veteran-owned engineering and design firm, has established at its Chantilly Headquarters two parking spaces reserved for wounded military veterans. The special parking spots are part of a movement started by “Wounded Warriors Family Support” (WWFS). The recognizable Purple Heart color and large “Combat Wounded” signs are intended to be a visible “Thank You” and a reminder of those who have served and sacrificed while in the United States military.


GORDON Paints Parking Spaces to Honor Veterans.

GORDON and the building that houses its Headquarters office are owned by William H. Gordon, himself a combat wounded veteran from Vietnam. The original idea of reserving parking spaces was developed to honor the estimated 1.8 million Purple Heart recipients. Mr. Gordon, who hails from a long line of military veterans including his own Father who was killed in action in WWII, wanted to encourage a greater sense of patriotism to his tenants and building visitors. Creating colorful parking spaces that recognize special people who were willing to lay down their lives for their country seemed an appropriate way to do so. Mr. Gordon is hopeful that other building owners will follow suit and reserve spaces for such heroes.

To date, over 2,000 signs have been distributed throughout the U.S. by WWFS at no cost to the recipients. Businesses, churches, schools, fitness centers, and government facilities from coast to coast have instituted Combat Wounded parking spaces.

Established in 1976, GORDON is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) offering a full complement of civil engineers, land planners, landscape architects, surveyors, and security professionals that provide comprehensive, multi-disciplined services that address the needs of public and private sector clients. GORDON is ranked as one of the top 25 civil engineering and landscape architecture firms in the DC Metro region by Washington Business Journal.


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