If you're driving around your neighborhood, you might notice a few interesting lights. Some locals have started changing the color that emits from their porch light these days.

No, it's not for that one green holiday that's just around the corner. Saint Patrick's Day has nothing to do with why Iowans are lighting up their porches with a green glow.

It's actually meant to honor some of the bravest people in America...

...our veterans.

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According to the official website for the Association of the United States Army, the green porch light is meant to be a sign of appreciation for United States military veterans.

It's not a seasonal decoration, this green light can be up all year round. It can be seen a bit more often around Veterans Day in November and Memorial Day in May.

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What's the Meaning Behind the Green?

At first glance you'd think the meaning behind the Green is pretty simple, right? It's representative of the camouflage that members of the U.S. Army wear. At least that's what I thought.

But it's just a bit deeper than that...

According to officials, the green symbolizes hope, renewal and well-being.


The term "greenlight" also means to activate forward movement.

The Association of the United States Army officials say, setting up your porchlight to glow green is "intended to spark a national conversation regarding the recognition of veterans, and "greenlight" them forward as valued members of our communities."

So, even if you don't have a veteran in your life, this could be an easy way to honor those who have served all year round!

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