Operation Green Light
BY TINA L. SCOTT
This November, Lincoln County invites the community to participate in Operation Green Light, a national initiative to shine a light on the service of U.S. veterans.
From Nov. 1-30 Lincoln County buildings will be illuminated in green as a way to remind veterans and their families that they have support, and Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer John Olson Jr. is inviting the community to do the same.
“We encourage individuals and businesses to join us by changing one light bulb in the entryway of your home or business to a green bulb,” Olson said. “By shining a green light, you let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. “
Veterans Day is Nov. 11, which is why the month of November was selected for Operation Green Light. “In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, calling on the nation to ‘solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting and enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain,’” he said.
“This Veterans Day, join us in shining a light of hope and support for over 2,000 veterans who call Lincoln County home,” Olson said. “Join Operation Green Light and let’s turn Lincoln County green this Veterans Day.”
While the event is focused on Veterans Day and the month of November, he encourages Lincoln County residents to “continue to shine the light year-round” as a visible sign of support for Lincoln County’s veterans. “Now more than ever, our veterans and their families need our support,” he said. “… We are here for them.”