Desoto County News

Operation Green Light for Veterans returns

Credit: DeSoto County Government release

There are more than 11,200 veterans who call DeSoto County home. As part of events surrounding Veterans Day, DeSoto County buildings will be illuminated green from Nov. 6-12. 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 Nov. 6-12.

By joining Operation Green Light, you are joining not only DeSoto County’s efforts to honor veterans, you are also joining a nationwide movement sponsored by the National Association of Counties and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers.



Green Light outside a house

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.

Homeowner 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. 


Green Light outside a business

Operation 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. 

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 needs, we can also reflect on how we can assist our military service personnel as they transition back into civilian life upon completion of their service to our country.

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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