Going Green to Honor America’s Veterans

Colors have meaning. For instance, Navy Blue is anything but blue. However, as the story goes, the Navy wanted blue uniforms that would not fade. A million dollars was spent developing a blue dye that would not fade. In true government fashion, no one wanted to admit it was actually black so the top brass slapped each other on the back and Navy Blue was born. I am not sure if that story is true, but when in boot camp, calling our Navy Blue uniforms black earned us unwanted personal attention from our Company Commanders.

4 VeteransI can still hear them yelling, “Black? Black? I do not see any black! Recruit, do you ‘think’ you see black?” As memory serves, there was a colorful metaphor or expletive every second or third word, but with all the yelling, spitting and the way my heart was beating… well, let’s just say we left those out for the sake of our younger readers. Those who served would have automatically mentally added the words anyway. After the first hour or so of special attention, we quickly came to see the Navy Blue in our “black uniforms.” Speaking of those who served and seeing colors, November 11 is Veteran’s Day—and we would like to thank you for your service. There will be the usual parades and remembrances. All are good and appreciated by those who served. However, recently people have started remembering veterans in another way, using another color—they are going green. And they are doing it all year long.

By going green, I mean adding a green light to your home. In the “Green Light a Vet” program, corporate giant Walmart is teaming up with veteran advocacy groups, such as Team Red, White and BlueTeam Rubicon, and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) to show support for our nation’s veterans.

Green porch light
Take a picture of your green light—inside, outside, wherever—and post it to social media to spread the word and show your support for our veterans.

The premise is simple: change one bulb in your house from white to green. Why green? Green is the color of hope, renewal and wellbeing. “Greenlight” is also a military term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and “greenlight” them forward as valued members of our communities.

This is similar to the yellow ribbon of the past. The Green Light program is a simple, subtle, but important signal of support to our nation’s veterans and their families. How can you show your support? It’s easy: Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office—and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.” This isn’t just for veterans or civilians. This is for anyone who wants to show their support for veterans and their families—let’s not forget, many of out vets have fallen in service to our country or other causes, but they are not forgotten. If you choose to participate in the program and “shine a light on America’s veterans,” check out the “Green Light” website, and post a picture of your green light to your favorite social media page along with this story.

What is your take on Green Lighting a vet? Help spread the word by showing your support and posting your green light pick on your personal social media page or ours.

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Comments (8)

  1. This year was the first time I had ever heard about the green lights for Veterans Day. So when I was in Wallyworld I picked one up and my wife and I put it in our front porch light before it got dark and we’ll keep it lit form here on out when it gets dark. I think it’s a great idea to remind everyone of those who have served and those currently serving. As a Nam Vet I’m glad that most of the country embraces the military and Vets these days. The green bulb only cost 96 cents, so when I go back this coming week, I will pick up a few more to keep the light shining.

  2. I should have posted this sooner, so sorry.

    Otis is giving away a one of their new Ripcord sleaning tools to Vets for Veteran’s Day.

    1. Call Otis at 1-800-OTISGUN on
    Veterans Day (Wednesday, 11/11)
    between 8am-5pm eastern.

    2. Provide proof of veteran status.

    3. Tell us which size Ripcord® you’d like.
    (available in: .22/.223 cal, .243 cal, .270 cal,
    .30 cal, 9mm, .40 cal, .45 cal, 20 ga, 12 ga)

    1. @ Mikial,

      Thanks for posting that. I just barely got in under the time-frame (5pm EST). Though not listed in the calibers you posted, I order one for 308 Win/7.62×51. It’s the only bore size cleaner I didn’t have in my collection already. The calibers I do own are all the Hoppe’s brand Boresnakes, so it will be interesting to see how this one performs in comparison. You just can’t beat free though.

  3. Thirty-Three years of service and counting, I too had never heard of this green stuff. However while I am out today getting my free oil change, free Starbucks, free IHOP breakfast, free Applebee’s lunch, free Golden Corral dinner and shopping all the Veterans Day discounts, I will be sure to keep an eye out for green-lit things.

    In the mean time, from one soldier to another, I salute all those that have served on this day. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

  4. Your making the Assumption that “Veteran’s” know what the GREEN LIGHT, means. I’m a “Veteran”, and it Was A New One On ME. Up until this “Posting”, I was UNAWARE of the “Green Light” Meaning…

  5. Interestingly enough, I live in an area where at least half or more of the people around us are either vets or active duty and I haven’t noticed a single green light. Maybe I will now that I’m looking for them. Sort of like how you don’t really notice a certain make or model of car until you own one, then you notice them everywhere.

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