I was recently driving around my neighborhood at night and noticed an interesting trend. One of my neighbors had a red porch light while the other had a green porch light. I assumed that the lights were for seasonal celebrations.

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However, while admiring the lights, a question popped into my head: were my neighbors having a porch “light war?”

The next day, I ran into one of my neighbors, and I asked him about it. To my surprise, I learned that his wife recently had a heart attack and they were using the porch lights as a way to bring awareness to women’s heart health. I had no idea porch lights were used for social awareness, and I started wondering what my other neighbors’ green lights meant.

The neighbor with the red porch light shared how he got his idea from the green porch light neighbor and that they weren’t having a “light war.” Instead, they both wanted to bring attention to their specific causes.

As a result, my neighbors’ advocacy empowered me to learn more about porch light colors and their meanings. Here is what I found:

The Red Porch Light


America’s veterans are some of the bravest and strongest men and women in the world. Honoring people who have served our country requires more than putting up a green light. Those that have lived and/or died for our country are heroes in every shape and form. However, adding a green porch light to your home is simply one way to show your appreciation of our veterans.

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The “Green Light a Vet” movement has become more trendy every year! With more families in the military, there are more American’s to support! The color green represents the camouflaged jackets of the US military. You can use a green front porch light to bring attention to your past service, or the service of others!

Do you have a veteran in your family that you want to honor?

How You Can Support the Movement

The USAR Army website states, “Let us honor our veterans not only on November 11th but all year round!

Do so by changing one light to green in a visible location – on your porch, your home, or at your office- and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans.

Then, to help share your support, take a picture of your green light and post it using the hashtag #greenlightavet. You can learn more by researching the “Greenlight A Vet campaign.”

This movement is a great way to show your respect for our military, and who knows– it might even make a few of your neighbor’s day! What are you waiting for? Go support a vet!