Green porch lights started popping up right after Halloween and I had absolutely no clue of the special meaning behind them.

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Is There a Meaning Behind Green Porch Lights?

The first green porch light I drove past on my way to work one morning didn't really stand out to me. Over the next five days, about a half dozen houses not far from one another had green lights outside their front doors. That stood out.

Honestly, as we all tend to do on the drive to work, my mind drifted and I'm almost positive I told myself that the green lights were some kind of Christmas or Holidays thing and didn't give it another thought.

Until today.

The Meaning Behind Green Porch Lights

I discovered that Walmart is connected to why people are putting green lights on the front of their homes more than ever before. In 2013, Walmart made a commitment to provide jobs to any honorably discharged U.S. veteran.

The advertising campaign that followed asked people to switch to a green porch light as a way to recognize and show appreciation for veterans in their community.

From Green Light Vet on Facebook,

Green is the color of hope, renewal and well-being.

Greenlight is also a term commonly used to activate forward movement.

America’s veterans are some of our nation’s bravest, hardest-working men and women. However, it’s hard to show them the appreciation they deserve when, back home and out of uniform, they’re more camouflaged than ever. Greenlight A Vet is a campaign to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green.

 

Once your green light is up, share your support on social media by taking a photo of your green light and sharing it with the hashtag #greenlightavet

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It's never too late to join the movement. I just searched Amazon for green light bulbs for veterans.

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Just look at all these tributes.

My search for the answer to the green light mystery also answered another question about something I've seen a few times in cemeteries.

Have you ever seen random coins sitting on top of a headstone in a cemetery? More than likely it was around Memorial Day when you saw them. Just like the green porch lights, those coins are also a special tribute to those who served in the US Armed Forces.

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