The train station, Key Hall, and the Schenectady municipal parking garage are just a few of the downtown buildings that will be lit up in green from today through Sunday to show support for those who served the country in the armed forces.
On Wednesday, the Schenectady County legislature will consider a resolution in support of Operation Greenlight and to encourage residents throughout the county to participate as a show of support for those who served.
“Schenectady County is proud to be home to over 8,200 veterans who have served with honor,” said Schenectady County Legislator Holly Vellano, Chair of the Military Affairs & Veterans Committee. “Participating in Operation Green Light is one way we can acknowledge and honor our veterans and ensure that their dedication and selfless service to our country and community are never forgotten.”
In addition to Operation Greenlight, the county is implementing a new veterans division in the 54th annual holiday parade on Nov. 18. Anyone in the Capital Region who has served in the military will have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming holiday parade with the option of walking or riding along the route through trolley transportation.
The support for Veterans doesn’t stop there.
In 2021, the County Legislature passed a resolution proclaiming the county as a Purple Heart Community honoring the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform that were wounded or killed by enemy while serving, and also created a Vietnam Veterans Memorial at SUNY Schenectady that same year. The memorial includes a plaque, a concrete viewing area with granite benches, lighting and a flagpole.
Schenectady County also has a Honor-A-Veteran program. In collaboration between the County’s Veterans Service Agency and the County’s Honor-A-Veteran Committee, the program honors veterans who were born in or currently reside in Schenectady County.
To learn more about the veteran services in the County or to find a list of Veterans Day events, visit https://www.schenectadycountyny.gov/veterans. To sign up to participate in the 54th annual holiday parade, visit https://www.schenectadycountyny.gov/special-events/holiday-parade.