Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Green Lights On for Veterans Day 2015 and Other Stories


November 11, 2015 is Veterans Day in the United States of America, as President Obama officially declared in a signed proclamation:
I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim November 11, 2015, as Veterans Day. I encourage all Americans to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our veterans through appropriate public ceremonies and private prayers. I call upon Federal, State, and local officials to display the flag of the United States and to participate in patriotic activities in their communities. I call on all Americans, including civic and fraternal organizations, places of worship, schools, and communities to support this day with commemorative expressions and programs.

Thus around the country are the different events honoring and celebrating military veterans: brave men and women of our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (who) demonstrate a resolute spirit and unmatched selflessness, and whose service reminds us there are few things more American than giving of ourselves to make a difference in the lives of others.

This year, a special way of honoring veterans is to turn on “Green Lights” for them, a project spearheaded by Walmart.
As a show of major support, Walmart is pushing for everyone to recognize prior and active military personnel in a simple way. It’s called “Greenlight A Vet” and is an initiative which could grow to be one of the company’s most memorable projects. Military Times reports that the veteran-friendly company has advertised the project via national television, specifically during prime-time hours. On November 11, Walmart is asking each of the nation’s residences to replace one light within the household with a green light. - Read more at

The color is seen as a symbol of hope, renewal and well-being. It is also a familiar signal to move forward, one article says. Recognizing the contribution of those who served and those who are serving is done in a wide range of ways: From restaurant deals to parades and solemn ceremonies. Installing a light bulb has the potential to be a visible reminder in our neighborhoods about the service of men and women who dedicate and risk their lives to make a difference. - Read more at:

One controversy though marks this year's observance of Veterans Day., according to a report by the Tulsa World.
The Wednesday Tulsa Veterans Day Parade will have a new element this year: controversy.
The controversy erupted when it became public that the Oklahoma branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations will have a float in the parade. “It’s been unbelievable,” said Patsy Varnell, vice president of the Tulsa Veterans Day Parade Association.“Lots of phone calls, predominantly protesting (the inclusion of CAIR),” she said. - Read more at:  

Elsewhere, special events and activities to observe Veterans Day have been lined up or have started. There was one such event which can be considered historic, too. 
 
People lined up early in Center City on Sunday to pay tribute to Philadelphia-area veterans. The first annual Philadelphia Veterans Day Parade aired live Sunday afternoon on 6abc. […] "This should have been done years ago," said Robert Dager of Sellersville, Pa. "They have parades for everything else. This is more important than anything else: the veterans." - Read more at
  
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