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Operation Green Light

The Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs is honored to participate in the National Association of Counties Operation Green Light Initiative.


This coming Veterans Day, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) invite the nation’s 3,069 counties, parishes, and boroughs to join Operation Green Light and show support for veterans by lighting our buildings green from November 7 to November 13. By shining a green light, county governments and our residents will let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported.

Operation Green Light provides educational opportunities for governments, businesses and individuals to learn more about military culture, suicide prevention, and things veterans want us to know about their service and their transition from military to civilian culture.  Maryland’s participation in the VA/SAMHSA Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide Among Service Members, Veterans, and Families provides the forum in which to do so.  Visit the Governor’s Challenge Psych Armor Training Portal to complete free training on a variety of subjects related to the military and veteran culture, women veterans, and suicide prevention.

MDVA is collaborating with the NACo, Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), Maryland Municipal League (MML) and County Veterans Affairs Commissions on Operation Green Light and this November, we hope to see Maryland illuminated in green.

Governor Hogan has announced Operation Green Light to honor veterans statewide.  Read the November 3, 2022 press release here.

Governor's Proclamation

Governor’s Proclamation



  1. TOOLKIT: Visit NACo’s Operation Green Light toolkit.  The toolkit contains a sample proclamation, sample letter to the editor, and social media graphics.  See the toolkit here.
  2. SOCIAL MEDIA: Have a “Green Out” the week of November 7 to November 13.  Take photos of staff with a green background and share Operation Green Light graphics.  When sharing on social media, use #OperationGreenLight and #OperationGreenLightMaryland.
  3. SHARE: Tell us how your government/business is participating.
    With MDVA: Share how your government or business is participating here.  More than 1 entry can be made, so be sure to share new updates on your participation in the initiative.
    With MACo: If you are a county, email information to Victoria Maas, Communications Coordinator, MACo, Show your support by changing out an external or internal light bulb to green.  Tell a family member, friend, or neighbor who has served in the military about the initiative.  Encourage them to visit the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs.

Shareable graphics can be found on Dropbox.  You do not need an account to download.

OGL Graphic 1- Half page
OGL Graphic 2- Instagram
OGL Graphic 3- Business/Facebook
OGL Graphic 4- Facebook/Twitter
OGL Graphic 5- Web banner

Landmarks to be illuminated the week of November 7 to November 13 or on one day during the week:

Maryland's Government House

Maryland’s Government House/Governor’s Mansion
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs cemeteries and memorials
Motor Vehicle Administration’s Glen Burnie Service Center
Charlotte Hall Veterans Home historic White House
Baltimore’s World Trade Center
Baltimore Convention Center
M & T Bank Stadium
Johns Hopkins University
University of Maryland Medical System
CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Canton Tower/Baltimore City
Washington College

Participating Counties/Cities:
Anne Arundel County-
Illuminating Arundel Center
Proclamation, press release, social media

Carroll County-
Illuminating Carroll County Government Building

Calvert County- 
Illuminating county buildings
Proclamation, event
Proclamation signing video

Cecil County-
Cecil College

Charles County-
Illuminating the Charles County Courthouse and distributing green light bulbs
Proclamation, letter to the editor, press release, photos, social media

Frederick County-
Proclamation, event

Harford County-
Proclamation, press release, photos, video, social media, Chamber of Commerce distributing green bulbs

Howard County-
Illuminating Howard Hughes and Howard County Government buildings

Montgomery County-
Illuminating Memorial Plaza
Proclamation, event, press release, photos, video, web page, social media
Proclamation signing video

Queen Anne’s County-
Illuminating Liberty Building and Centreville Circuit Court
Proclamation, press release, photos, social media

Washington County-
Proclamation, event
Proclamation signing video

Supporting Organizations:
Maryland Military Coalition
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Maryland Association of Counties
National Association of Counties

National Association of Counties Operation Green Light Toolkit
How Carbon County in Pennsylvania is getting involved
Amazon Partners with Counties to Support Veterans
National Association of Counties
Maryland Association of Counties
Maryland Municipal League
County Veterans Affairs Commissions in Maryland
Governor’s Challenge Psych Armor Training Portal

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