Operation Green Light for Veterans

Operation Green Light bannerThere are more than 11,200 veterans who call DeSoto County, Mississippi home. As part of events surrounding Veterans Day, DeSoto County buildings will be illuminated green from November 6, 2023 to November 12, 2023. By shining a green light, DeSoto County will let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

DeSoto County Supervisors invite businesses, organizations, HOAs, residents, and other governments to join them in raising awareness about the unique challenges faced by many veterans by - lighting buildings and homes green from November 6th to November 12th.


Individuals can participate by simply changing one light bulb in their house to a green bulb. This can be an exterior light that neighbors and those passing by will see, or an interior light that sparks a conversation with friends. By shining a green light, you let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated, and supported.

Home Owner Associations

HOAs can show support for Veterans by adding a green light to HOA buildings, entryway signs, and community street lights. You can also encourage residents to participate by sending a flyer or making a social media post. Samples are posted below.  


Green Light outside a businessOperation Green Light encourages cities, towns, private businesses, and organizations to light their buildings in green from November 7 through 13.  You can also announce your participation ahead of time with a news release and through social media posts. (Examples are included below.)

Be sure to share your participation on social media using the hashtag #OperationGreenlight #DeSotoCounty.


The Meaning of Green

Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being.  Greenlight is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement. The simple action of changing one light to green is intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and "greenlight" them forward as valued members of our communities.

Why Operation Green Light is Needed

America's veterans are some of our nation's bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it is hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform; they are more camouflaged than ever.  By displaying a green light for our veterans, we not only bring attention to veterans and their need, we can also reflect on how we can assist our military service personal as they transition back into civilian life upon completion of their service to our country.

Joining Other Counties

DeSoto County is joining the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) in inviting the nation’s 3,069 counties, parishes, and boroughs to join Operation Green Light.  The new program was endorsed by the NACo Board at its meeting July 23 in Adams County, Colorado.


Twitter Graphics 

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Social Media Post Ideas

  • We are excited to announce we are joining #DeSotoCountyMS in #OperationGreenLight for Veterans, an initiative designed to shine a light on the service of our veterans and their families.
  • As part of #OperationGreenLight for Veterans, we are joining #DeSotoCountyMS in illuminating our buildings green from Nov 7-Nov13. We encourage individuals and businesses to join!
  • This #VeteransDay, joins us in shinning a light of hope and support. Join #OperationGreenLight and let’s turn #DeSotoCountyMS green for our veterans.