Olmsted County and City of Rochester join “Operation Green Light” in support of Veterans Day

(ABC 6 News) – Olmsted County and the City of Rochester announced they have joined together by participating in “Operation Green Light” in support of Veterans Day.

The lights in the Government Center Rotunda will be illuminated green in honor of veterans through Sunday, November 13. The exterior dome lights will be illuminated on Friday which is Veterans Day.

Operation Green Light is a new national initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans. The mission is to show support to veterans, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by veterans and their families, and the resources available at the county, state, and federal levels.

Residents are encouraged to participate in the campaign by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior or interior light. By shining a green light, it lets veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

“By shining a green light, we’re expressing our profound gratitude for the sacrifices and contributions our veterans and their families have made,” said Olmsted County Division Administrator of Health, Housing, and Human Services James Johnson. “At a time when our country is faced with many challenges, we can all agree that individuals who sacrificed so much on behalf of our country and our way of life deserve our gratitude, support, and recognition.”

While this event is focused around the week of Veterans Day (November 7 -13), residents are encouraged to continue shining the light year-round and share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.

For more information about resources available to veterans in Olmsted County, CLICK HERE.