As part of the upcoming Veterans Day, Porter County will participate in Operation Green Light, a national initiative to support veterans and to raise awareness of resources available at the county, state, and federal levels to assist veterans and their families.
The national collaborative is spearheaded by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers, building upon the successful efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers Association in 2021.
During the week of Nov. 7-13, several Porter County government buildings will be illuminated in green lights as a symbol of appreciation to veterans and their families. Individual county offices are also planning to decorate in green lights.
“We urge all Porter County residents and businesses to join with us in showing support for veterans,” said Porter County Auditor Vicki Urbanik, a member of NACo’s Human Services an Education Policy Steering Committee. “Through Operation Green Light, we can all send the message that veterans are seen, appreciated, and supported.”
The Auditor’s Office and the Memorial Opera House teamed up to prepare a promotional poster and flier about Operation Green Light in Porter County. MOH, a county-owned facility, was built in 1893 as a living memorial to Civil War veterans and continues to serve as the meeting site for the Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War.
Residents and businesses are urged to replace at least one light with a green bulb during the week of Nov. 7. Individuals can share their Operation Green Light participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.
“Operation Green Light is a simple way to express our collective appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” said NACo President Denise Winfrey. “We encourage everyone to join us in displaying a green light for our veterans and to also reflect on how we, as a nation and at the county level, assist our military service personnel back into civilian life upon completion of their service to our country.”
For more information, see naco.org/operationgreenlight.