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Douglas County to Participate in Operation Green Light (OGL) in Support of Local Veterans
Annual Veterans Day Parade to Be Held in Conjunction with OGL Events
(Douglasville, Ga.)- In commemoration of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Douglas County is participating in Operation Green Light, a nationwide effort uniting counties in support of military veterans. As part of the initiative, the Douglas County Courthouse will be illuminated green from November 6-12, 2023. Citizens will also have a chance to show their support by lighting their homes and businesses green. Douglas County Veterans Day observances will culminate with the County’s annual Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 11th at 11 a.m.
Now in its second year, Operation Green Light is spearheaded by the National Association of Counties (NACo). The goal is to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and highlight available resources at the county, state, and federal levels to assist veterans and their families. In 2022, more than 300 counties participated in Operation Green Light.
“Operation Green Light is a gesture of support and appreciation for the public service of our veterans,” said NACo Executive Director Matthew Chase. “With hundreds of counties coming together to light everything from bridges to courthouses, we know veterans across the country will see and feel the gratitude we all feel for their service and sacrifices.”
In addition to lighting county buildings, bridges, and other meaningful landmarks, residents, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their home to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation. By shining a green light, the goal is to let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.
Bulb Giveaway, November 9th 10AM-2PM
Douglas County will host a green bulb giveaway for interested citizens on Thursday, November 9th from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse. The bulbs are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.
Veterans Day Parade, November 11th 11AM
On Saturday, November 11th, the community is invited to the County’s annual Veterans Day Parade at 11 a.m. The kick-off is at Douglas County High School and will route through Downtown Douglasville. To learn more about the parade route and other parade-related information, visit: www.celebratedouglascounty.com and follow the Veterans Day Parade tab on the top banner of the homepage. For additional information, contact Constituent Services Manager, Wendy Caudle at: email@example.com.
“We are excited about participating in Operation Green Light and beginning a new tradition in Douglas County by shining a light on the contributions of our veterans beyond the scope of a singular event,” said Chief of Staff and Assistant County Administrator Tiffany Stewart-Stanley. “Our parade is now a part of a broad range of activities honoring veterans. Given that November 11th falls on a Saturday this year, we decided to host the parade during daytime weekend hours in hopes of maximizing participation and providing an earlier option for participants and onlookers,” said Stewart-Stanley.
Douglas County will also partner with the Douglas County Community Service Board to provide resources and information to aid veterans and their families locally.
Meantime, counties and residents across the country are encouraged to share their participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenLight. For more information on Operation Green Light, visit www.naco.org.