Do you ever drive around and notice that some people have a different colored porch light on their house?

For example, around Halloween, people often break out red porch lights to add a creepy ambiance to their home for the spooky holiday.

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But have you ever seen anyone around the Garden State who always seems to have a green porch light shining?

I'll be honest, I don't think I've ever seen this while driving around the Jersey Shore.

However, it's something that we should think about starting to do because of the meaning behind the green porch light.

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What Does It Mean To Have A Green Porch Light Light Up Your Home?

Most often you'll see these lights come out in November, and despite what some internet trolls will say about it representing "Shrek The Halls", commemorating the release of a Shrek Movie in November of 2007 it has an important meaning.

If you see a green porch light, it's a sign of support for our troops, and veterans.

Often times you'll see these lights come out during November on Veterans Day, but a lot of times people will leave them up year-round according to

This is such a simple way to show our troops your support, especially in a state like Jersey that has a strong military community.

When Did People Start Using A Green Porch Light To Show Support To Troops?

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Interestingly enough, the idea of green porch lights being used to support troops and veterans is relatively new.

Walmart initially started the campaign called the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which has a goal of helping a quarter million veterans find jobs after they come home.

They started the campaign in 2011 and even set up websites and social media sites to support the green light bulb idea.

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Why Are Veterans Represented By A Green Light? has a few theories on this.

It may be because most military uniforms have some sort of green in them, or because the term "greenlight" refers to a forward movement, and the whole idea is to help veterans and troops.

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