During last night’s (Nov. 2) CMA Awards, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley paused the show for a very special reason. They blanketed Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena in a layer of green light, and asked country fans to do the very same in their own homes.
If you’re wondering what the reason is behind people lighting their homes in green, it’s for a pretty special cause. The Greenlight A Vet movement has encouraged people to change just one light bulb inside or outside of their homes or offices to shine a light on America’s veterans.
It was a cause that they introduced for Veteran’s Day but encourage people to do all year long. Veterans need and are deserving of our support every day of the year, not just one!
Greenlight A Vet’s purpose is to raise awareness, spark conversation about veteran issues and show support. Often times, people don’t know what to say to convey their gratitude. Changing a light to green is a simple, easy and visible way to express that.
According to Greenlight A Vet, they chose the color green for a couple of reasons. They say that the color represents hope, renewal and well-being. Also, the term “greenlight” means to activate forward movement.
So, how to do you take part in Greenlight a Vet? Their website invites people to, “change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet.”
Easy enough! It’s such a simple gesture that could mean so much to someone else.
Greenlight A Vet is also highlighting military veterans’ stories. Check out Lourdes’ story and her message about the initiative.