Though most don’t pay attention to the color of porch lights in Utah there is a reason behind green porch lights and it's a beautiful one.  

Some might think that green porch lights have something to do with St. Patrick's Day and that can be true in some cases but most who put them up are showing support for veterans. Most often, people put up green porch lights around Veteran’s Day in November and Memorial Day in May.  

So, what does the green light mean? 

Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being. "Greenlight" is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and "greenlight" them forward as valued members of our communities." AUSA 

Though it's nice to do it on symbolic days, Utah should consider permanently having a green porch light year-round to show recognition of our nation's veterans.  

Of course, there are plenty of other ways to show support like donations, visiting veterans' homes, or even just thanking a family member who has served. However, the Green Light A Vet campaign will allow you to show your respect and gratitude to anyone passing by.  

If you want to add it to your office area or get your neighborhood to do it, that would be cool as well. 

There are plenty of ways to show your respect and support but make sure you do it more than on just dedicated days during the year! 


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