Veteran’s Day is a great opportunity to talk with our children about what it means to be a veteran and why it’s good to celebrate the men and women who have served. My dad and sister-in-law are veterans (as was my abuelo and his father), so our kids are able to learn first-hand from their family about veterans, through stories and photos. Showing our veterans that their efforts are not forgotten is a great gesture, which is why I want to share with you what the Greenlight A Vet movement is all about.
Greenlight A Vet Shows Support for Veterans
The Greenlight A Vet movement aims to show visible support for veterans with a simple gesture. Change one light to green – it could be your porch light, the front window light, or any light that’s visible – and let it glow green this week in support of veterans and Veteran’s Day. You can also share your support online by sharing a photo of your green light with the #greenlightavet hashtag. Just look at the community of people that have already shared their support!
We all know that veterans deserve support and so much more – resources, help, and appreciation, to name a few things. By joining the Greenlight A Vet movement though, the small action of changing your light to green is truly a big symbol and gesture of appreciation for veterans. So, this Veteran’s Day (and beyond), grab a green light bulb during your trip to Walmart and change your light to green in support of the many veterans we take the day to honor. Veterans like Lourdes Gonzalez, whose story you can view in the video below.
Let’s be sure we don’t honor veterans solely on Veteran’s Day. Instead, let’s take the day as an opportunity to start conversations and seek out how we can further support – beyond showing our appreciation.