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Veterans Week Proclamation & Operation Green Light

The Town of Dryden, in observance of Veterans Week and Operation Green Light, encourages its citizens in patriotic tradition to recognize the importance of honoring all those who made the immeasurable sacrifices and helped to preserve freedom, by displaying a green light in a window of their place of business or residence.

Honoring Veterans Week, November 5-11, 2023
Unanimously Approved at the 11/2/23 Meeting of the Town Board

WHEREAS, residents across the Town of Dryden have great respect, admiration, and the utmost gratitude for all who have served selflessly their country and this community in the United States Armed Forces; and

WHEREAS, the contributions and sacrifices of those who served in the Armed Forces have been vital in maintaining the freedoms and way of life enjoyed by our citizens; and

WHEREAS, the Town of Dryden seeks to honor these individuals who have paid the high price of freedom by placing themselves in harm’s way for the good of all; and

WHEREAS, approximately 200,000 service members transition to civilian communities annually, with studies indicating that 44-72 percent of them experience high levels of stress during their transition from military to civilian life, and

WHEREAS, some among that 200,000 will find their way to the Town of Dryden for education, work, or simply a place to call home; and

WHEREAS, while Active Military Service Members transitioning from military service are at a high risk for suicide during their first year after military service, entities including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America, Team Red White Blue (RWB), Warrior Writers-Tompkins, church, and other community groups, as well as the Tompkins County Department of Veterans Services stand ready to help ease that transition; and

WHEREAS, Operation Greenlight is an effort to shine a light on the service of Veterans using the color green, which symbolizes hope, renewal, and wellbeing, while showing support for Veterans of all military conflicts, particularly those returning home in recent years, and raise awareness about the many challenges they – and their families – face; and

WHEREAS, in honoring the service and sacrifice of our Veterans our residents are called upon to switch at least one public-facing lightbulb to green to show visible support for our Veterans community during the first full week of November and beyond;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Jason Leifer, Supervisor of the Town of Dryden, do herebyproclaim November 5-11, 2023, as
“Veterans Week”
In the Town of Dryden
in celebration of our community of Veterans, and

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, in observance of Operation Green Light, the Supervisor and the Town Board encourages residents – in patriotic tradition – to display a green light in a public-facing entry or window of their place of business or residence during Veterans Week with the hopes that, through this simple act of changing one light to green, we can honor those whose immeasurable sacrifice helped preserve our freedom.