Operation Green Light Illuminates New England in Support of Veterans

Residents in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire display green light bulbs on their front porches from May to Memorial Day to show support for veterans. The Operation Green Light initiative promotes community gratitude and appreciation for veterans' sacrifices and contributions.

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Operation Green Light Illuminates New England in Support of Veterans

Operation Green Light Illuminates New England in Support of Veterans

As Memorial Day approaches, residents in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are preparing to display green light bulbs on their front porches from May to Memorial Day to show support and appreciation for veterans. This growing tradition, known as Operation Green Light, has a simple yet powerful message: "By shining a green light, county governments and our residents will let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported."

Why this matters: This initiative promotes a sense of community and gratitude towards veterans, highlighting the importance of recognizing their sacrifices and contributions to the country. By participating in Operation Green Light, residents can foster a culture of appreciation and support for those who have served, ultimately contributing to their well-being andreintegration into civilian life.

Operation Green Light originated in New York in 2021 and initially focused on the week leading up to Veterans Day in November. However, it has since expanded to include the month of May, leading up to Memorial Day, to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Some enthusiasts even leave their green lights on year-round to show ongoing support for the troops.

While the tradition is still relatively new, it has been gaining traction in New England over the years. As we head into May 2024, the goal is to see more widespread participation, with streets in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshireglowing green insupport, love, and gratitude for our troops.

Key dates for Operation Green Light include the month of May, when residents in the three New England states display green light bulbs on their front porches to support veterans, culminating on Memorial Day, which recognizes those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The tradition also extends to Veterans Day in November, which was the original focus of Operation Green Light.

Residents can join the growing movement by replacing their front porch light bulb with a green one to show their support for veterans. Together, communities across New England can create a sea of green, demonstrating their appreciation for those who have served and sacrificed for our country.