Green Light BulbIn 1918, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting between the Allied nations and Germany ceased. World War I was on its way to being over. November 11th has been officially recognized since 1919 as an important day in U.S. and world history. First declared “Armistice Day,” it was originally intended to be a moment to foster “peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations.” Following World War II, the holiday became “Veterans Day,” with a focus on honoring those who had served our country in times of war.

Parades and media coverage of veterans’ issues in November call attention to the fact that during the eleven other months of the year, veterans are also deserving of respect, assistance when they need it, and recognition of their service. Walmart is, in that vein, introducing a new initiative through which the general public can show veterans that they are being thought of every day of the year. Called Greenlight a Vet , the project involves the use of one green light bulb in every household, to spark public dialogue about these valued members of our society and the support they may need. Many veterans become invisible to the rest of us once they have returned from duty and slipped out of their uniforms. The plan is to make our support of these brave men and women visible, throughout the country.

So, by November 11th of this year, place a green light bulb on your porch, in your window to the street, or in your office. Every veteran’s experience is unique: Check out some of their stories in these short video clips . And then switch on that green light in honor of all they’ve done, and continue to do as valued members of our society. You can even extend the impact by taking a photo of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.

Blog post by the Joyce Lebedew Real Estate Team

Photography credit: Veer.com