UPDATED: Green Porch Lights Lighting Up

UPDATE: Because of the phenomenal participation from the local community, both KIWA as well as the O’Brien County Veterans Affairs office have handed out all of the green light bulbs they had on hand.

If you wish to participate, you are encouraged to buy a green light from a local retailer and display your support for area veterans during Operation Green Light.

County residents are reminded to have the green porch lights lit until November 13th.

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Original story posted on November 4th at 2:06 pm:

O’Brien County, Iowa — If you think you’ve been noticing some green porchlights springing up in the local area, you would be right.

It’s called Operation Green Light, and it is a way to honor Veterans, and let them know that they are appreciated.

We reached out to Katie Ginger with the O’Brien County Veterans Affairs office, and she tells us what Operation Green Light is.

Operation Green Light started in the eastern United States, and has made it’s way to us here in Iowa, eventually down to the Iowa counties, and left the responsibility to work with the county boards of supervisors to get proclamations and their support up to the county Veteran’s Affairs office.

Ginger tells us that there are a couple places in O’Brien County to pick up a green light to participate free of charge to O’Brien County residents, including the O’Brien County Courthouse in Primghar, as well as at the KIWA Studios in downtown Sheldon.

We asked what time of the year that Operation Green Light asks for green bulbs to be lit, and it is no coincidence that it is with Veteran’s Day.

This year is the first year O’Brien County has officially participated in Operation Green Light, and Ginger is very hopeful that there will be great participation.

Although veterans should be honored year-round, Veteran’s Day is November 11th every year, and is a specific day to remember to honor our veterans.

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