Going green: County to illuminate buildings, urges others to do the same

Published 12:05 am Thursday, October 13, 2022

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In advance of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday, Davie County announced that county buildings would be illuminated green during November as part of Operation Green Light, a new national collaborative initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo) to support military veterans, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans and the resources that are available at the county, state, and federal level to assist veterans and their families.

“Since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, our nation’s voluntary military force members, and their families, have made immense sacrifices for our safety and security over a two-decade period,” said Meagan Tomlin, Davie County Veterans Service Officer. “Similar to the sacrifices of previous generations of our armed forces, this service to country also often results in significant stress to many of the veterans who served in times of war and conflict.

“We want to make sure our veterans and their families know that their service mattered, that we are grateful for their sacrifices, and that it is now our turn to make sure they are served by their county government and our community.”

In addition to lighting county buildings, residents and businesses are encouraged to participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and passersby see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends.

Davie County Veterans Services has partnered with three local businesses who have agreed to carry green bulbs in their retail establishments: Caudell Lumber in Mocksville, Cooleemee Hardware in Cooleemee and Steelman’s Ace Hardware in Bermuda Run.

Visit naco.org/operationgreenlight for more information and links to resources available to veterans.  Residents can contact the Davie Veterans Services Office at 336-753-6225 to find support and services to local veterans.