Friday November 11th, is a day Americans all around the nation will be watching Veteran’s Day parades and remembering the brave men and woman who keep our country safe. Have you ever wanted to do something more to honor our veterans, but weren’t sure how?
There is a fantastic way that you can show your appreciation year round, not just one day a year! Have you heard about the, “Greenlight a Vet” program? The idea behind the movement is to display your support in a very visible way, 365 days a year.
In fact, if you watched the recent CMA Awards you saw hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley take part in this initiative in a very big way when they bathed the arena in green lights. They called upon every American to join them in showing support for our troops, and I can’t think of a better idea!
The “green” idea is simple and inexpensive. You participate in the grassroots cause by buying a green lightbulb, and using it where others can see. Good places are your front or back porch, or inside a small table lamp by a window.
Raelynn did her part and even changed her chandelier to green light bulbs in honor of the movement…
So, why is the color green used? According to the Greenlight a Vet website…
Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. “Greenlight” is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple gesture of changing one light to green creates a beacon of support and appreciation, and a visible symbol of our commitment to “greenlight” veterans forward as valued members of our communities.”
If you’re like me you’ve probably seen a green porchlight in your neighborhood, and wondered about the unique bulb; did they run out of regular light bulbs? Well, now you know!
Once you’ve got your own green bulb in place, it’s time to join this awesome community of like-minded citizens. Be sure to go to the website and add your location to the online green light map. All you need to enter is your zip code, and a marker will be added to the map.
Right now there are over 4,800,000 green lights represented. Wouldn’t you love to be the light that puts the map over the five million mark?
But don’t stop there! You can continue to spread the word about green lights and vets by sharing a post on social media using the hashtag #greenlightavet.
Happy Veteran’s Day everyone!
To learn more about the Greenlight a Vet movement, visit their website: http://www.greenlightavet.com/.
Written by Tanya Clark