November 11th is Veterans Day in the United States. It is a time to honor all of our living vets. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to recognize vets when they are out of uniform and just functioning as part of our communities. I didn’t know our own Darryl Alder, who just retired from his Scouting job, is a vet, until just today.

Many other people want to honor our veterans, not only on Saturday, but all year long. Thus began the “Green Light a Vet” project. People are asked to replace one outdoor light with a green bulb. Businesses are asked the same, either inside or out. The green light shows all vets that we honor them and are thankful for them. Although we might not know someone is a vet, they will know we are thinking of them when they see our green light.

“Green is the color of hope, renewal and well being. ‘Green light’ is also a commonly used term meaning to activate forward movement. The simple gesture of changing a single light to green creates a beacon of support and appreciation and a visible commitment to Green Light Vets as valued members of our communities.”

I think this quote is quite meaningful.

I know Scouts can sell light bulbs as fundraising projects.  You can find green lights at most big box stores…Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot. You might not have time to fund raise for this year, but you do have time to get a green bulb for your family and maybe for some friends. That is how I got mine, from a friend.

Let’s let Scouts encourage this wonderful act for all those who have served us so honorably. Can you imagine if every Scout family in the U.S. had a green light. You can add your location to the map with more than 9 million other people. I wonder what it looks like when the space station occupants look down. Do you think they see green?

Joyce Olesen
is a grandmother, mother, and daughter of Scouters. She love kids, camping, country music and sport cars. Her Dad was a Scout leader in Chicago in the early 1920’s and having only daughters did not bolster his Scouting hopes. As his "Scout" she was tying regulation knots by the time she was 7.

One comment

  1. Darryl Alder
    Darryl Alder says:

    Thanks for remembering us on Veteran’s Day and thanks for the tip on green lights. I dug out a few from the Christmas stuff and the neighbors and I have gone green tonight

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