In support of the 376,525+ veterans across the state, Gov. Robert Bentley on Wednesday announced the Alabama State Capitol will be illuminated in green in the weeks leading up to Veterans Day in conjunction with the “Greenlight A Vet” campaign.
The campaign endeavors to establish visible national support for veterans by shining a green light outside a residence, business or other establishment, like the Alabama Capitol.
“In Alabama we honor our veterans and the sacrifices they make to protect our freedom and the American way of life,” Bentley said in a news release. “We are lighting the Capitol green to support our veterans and to send a message that in Alabama we will do everything we can to take care of those who have served and their families.”
According to the national organization, the campaign uses the color green as a symbol of hope, renewal and well-being and because the term “greenlight” is commonly used to activate forward movement in the field. The gesture of changing one light to green creates a beacon of support and appreciation, and a visible symbol of commitment to “greenlight” veterans forward as valued members of our communities.
“As a veteran of the United States Air Force,” Bentley continued, “I understand that there is more to be done to support those who have served and will make every effort to continue to push for more programs and resources that will make their lives better.”
2016 marks the second year that Alabama has participated in the campaign. Alabama Department of Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee initiated the state’s participation in the “Greenlight A Vet” campaign in 2015 in tribute to her father.
“My father served our nation in the Air Force for more than 20 years, including many tours in Korea and Vietnam, so observing Veteran’s Day is very meaningful to our family,” Magee said. “We know firsthand the personal sacrifices all veterans have made and wish to honor all of them with this small token of our appreciation. I hope when people see the green lights they will take a moment to thank all those who have served.”
Green lights began illuminate the State Capitol as of Wednesday, November 2, 2016 and will continue through Sunday, November 13, at the conclusion of Veterans Day weekend. Veterans Day will be recognized nationwide on Friday, November 11.