In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Henry County announced that the administration building would be illuminated green Oct. 25 – Nov. 13 as part of “Operation Green Light,” a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans.
The initiative also serves to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.
“Our nation’s voluntary military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security since the founding of our country,” said Debra Buchanan, supervisor of the Horsepasture District. “This service to country also often results in significant stress to many of the veterans who served in times of war and conflict. We want to make sure our veterans and their families know that their service mattered, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”
In addition to lighting the county administration building, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.
By shining a green light, we let our veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported. While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (Nov. 7-13), participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.