Cass County to launch Operation Green Light in support of local veterans
Operation Green Light supports military veterans as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available to assist veterans and their families.
WALKER — In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Cass County announced county buildings would be illuminated green Nov. 7-13 as part of Operation Green Light.
Operation Green Light is a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources available at the county, state and federal level to assist veterans and their families.
The collaborative builds upon efforts of the New York State Association of Counties and the NYS County Veteran Service Officers’ Association in 2021.
“Since the tragedy of September 11, 2001, our nation’s voluntary military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a two-decade period,” said Kristy Smart, Cass County veterans service officer, in a news release. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, 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 county buildings, 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.
While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day, participants are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round. Residents can share their 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 National Association of Counties President Denise Winfrey in a news release. “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.”
Visit naco.org/operationgreenlight or the Cass County website for more information and links to resources available to veterans.