In preparation for Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11, the Montgomery County Commission on Veteran Affairs is seeking local residents with military service to share their stories for their “Tribute to Montgomery County Veterans” website.
The county plans to display some of these veteran tributes throughout the month of November in display cases at the Rockville Memorial Library and the Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza, according to a county press release.
The tribute is part of “Operation Green Light,” a program sponsored by the National Association of Counties, which aims to, “honor those who have made immeasurable sacrifices to preserve freedom,” with a display of green lights in the windows of local businesses and residences, according to a county press release.
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich and the County Council, who are supporting the effort, ask residents and businesses to showcase the green lights from Nov. 7 to Nov. 13.
The Montgomery County Memorial Plaza, which is located adjacent to the County Executive Building at 101 Monroe St. in Rockville, will showcase the lights in commemoration of veteran service during the second week of November as well.
The commission is hoping to source more stories from veterans themselves, family members or friends of veterans who can supply information to build the tribute website, according to the press release.
In submitting the forms, participants are agreeing to allow their information to be shared to the public on the tribute website, in local display cases or posted on the Commission on Veterans Affairs social media pages.
The forms require the following information:
- Veteran’s name.
- Name of person submitting information and relationship to the individual.
- Branch of service and rank.
- Years of service.
- Era served (WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War, Global War on Terror or peacetime/other).
- Brief narrative of their service.
- Connection to Montgomery County (where the individual currently lives, grew up, attended high school or college/university, etc.).
- Photos (preferably one during their service and one present day).
The tribute to veterans website can be found at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/veteransday.
Questions can be directed to MCCVA@montgomerycountymd.gov.