York County participating in Operation Green Light For Veterans this week

YORK COUNTY – York County is participating in the nationwide movement of Operation Green Light For Veterans this week – which can be seen with the green illumination near the courthouse flagpole.

This is a relatively new program/movement, which was initially promoted by the National Association of County Officials in 2022.

National NACO officials have invited counties “through the simple act of lighting county buildings and landmarks in green, we ensure veterans feel seen and heard and that we hold steadfast in our commitment to ensuring their access to resources.”

In early October, Congresswoman Betty McCollum and Congressman Marc Molinaro introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives in support of Operation Green Light For Veterans to raise awareness about important county resources available to help veterans transition to civilian life.

When the resolution was introduced, Rep. McCollum said, “Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the brave U.S. service members who defend and protect our nation and its ideals at home and abroad. It encourages county governments to illuminate buildings with green lights in November, to symbolize unwavering support, appreciation and recognition for veterans. It also helps connect veterans with vital county resources to help them thrive in their daily lives.”

This year, the Nebraska Association of County Officials (NACO) urged counties and the state to participate in the Operation Green Light For Veterans program.

And York County officials agreed.

As explained by York County Commissioner Chairman Randy Obermier, York County was pleased to participate in the effort “to let veterans know they are seen, appreciated and supported.”

Rachael Crowdell at the York County Veterans Service Office said it was her understanding the green lighting by the flagpole in front of the courthouse would be from Nov. 6-12, as this is the week in which Veterans Day occurs.

“This is a brand new thing, the first year it’s been done,” Crowdell said. “NACO asked for participation and the county wanted to do so as well.”

 

 

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