Polk County to again participate in Operation Green Light in support of local veterans

Published 1:17 pm Friday, October 20, 2023

In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Polk County has announced plans to again illuminate county buildings green from November 6-12 as part of Operation Green Light for Veterans, a nationwide effort uniting counties to support military veterans. The initiative, led by the National Association of Counties (NACo), raises awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources available at the county, state and federal levels to assist veterans and their families.

Now in its second year, Operation Green Light is spearheaded by NACo and the National Association of County Veterans Service Officers. In 2022, over 300 counties, including Polk County, participated in Operation Green Light.

The Polk County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to participate in Operation Green Light at a recent meeting. The commissioners also declared that October 16, 2023, through Veteran’s Day, is a time to salute and honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform transitioning from Active Service.

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In its proclamation, the Commissioners wrote, “in observance of Operation Green Light, Polk County encourages its citizens in patriotic tradition to recognize the importance of honoring all those who made immeasurable sacrifices to preserve freedom by displaying a green light in a window of their place of business or residence from November 6th through the 12th, 2023.”

In addition to lighting county buildings, bridges and other meaningful landmarks, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their home to a green bulb.

“Operation Green Light is a gesture of support and appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “We know veterans across the country will see and feel the gratitude we all feel for their service and sacrifices.”

Counties and residents across the country are sharing their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.