Huntington, NY: On November 4th, Legislator Stephanie Bontempi (R-18th L.D.) joined with her colleague, Legislator Nicholas Caracappa (R-4th L.D.), Huntington Town Supervisor Ed Smyth and various members of the community to kickoff Operation Green Light and to distribute donated green lights to local businesses.
Operation Green Light is an initiative of the Suffolk County Legislature that was created by a unanimously approved resolution at the October 11th general meeting. Some of the goals of Operation Green Light are to show appreciation for the sacrifices and contributions of our veterans, and to bring more awareness to the issues related to them. Those interested in becoming a participant of Operation Green Light are asked to simply display a green light in front of their business or private residence from November 7th through Veterans Day.
“Veterans Day is a special holiday for Americans, as our way of life has been secured by servicemembers,” said Bontempi. “It really is not enough to celebrate these selfless individuals on just one day; Operation Green Light amplifies the amount of time to show respect in a very dignified and visual way.”
The spirit of this initiative caught on very quickly after the legislation encouraging it passed, with many individuals and businesses looking to assist. Most notably, the Home Depot of Huntington and the Moonjumpers Charitable Foundation stepped up by donating green bulbs and strings of green lights to be displayed in storefronts. Additionally, the Huntington Chamber of Commerce did their part by informing Huntington businesses about the patriotic undertaking.
“By lighting up downtown areas, it is hoped that people become inspired to do the same at their homes,” added Bontempi. “Also, it is important to understand that this is a Suffolk County-wide effort. Tell your neighbors, friends and family about it! Let’s light up Suffolk County Green!”
Those participating in Operation Green Light are strongly encouraged to take pictures of their lights shining proudly and post them to social media with the hashtag #OperationGreenLight.