Vets get a green light: Local legion kicks off town-wide initiative

American Legion Post 72 officials presented the town with an award to kick off a town-wide initiative to honor veterans. From left, Dennis Beauregard, Asst. Superintendent of Parks Mike Manware, Post 72 commander Steve McCarty, and Joe DellaPorta.

American Legion Post 72 officials presented the town with an award to kick off a town-wide initiative to honor veterans. From left, Dennis Beauregard, Asst. Superintendent of Parks Mike Manware, Post 72 commander Steve McCarty, and Joe DellaPorta.

By JEN CARDINES

STAFF WRITER

Members of the American Legion Kiltonic Post 72 recognized the Southington Parks Department for their installment of the green light in the town green lamp post.

Last winter, the department changed the light on the post to a green bulb.

Legion Commander Steve McCarty said that when it was first installed, people mistook it for a Christmas decoration, however, the light stayed constant since its installment.

The green light is a public symbol of veterans coming home, a way to honor them and show support for all that they have done. In the window of the Legion building downtown, there is a green light that they continually keep on. Because of the Parks Department, the town has a green light that shines each night as well.

On Tuesday, Oct. 4, McCarty, along with fellow Legion members Joe DellaPorta and Dennis Beauregard, presented the Parks Department with the first ever Green Light Award.

“It is to show our appreciation to the town for welcoming veterans,” McCarty said. Assistant Superintendent of Parks, Mike Manware, accepted the plaque.

The legion hopes that the award kicks off the post’s initiative to promote green lights across Southington.

“If you see someone in town with a green light, notify the Legion,” said McCarty. “And we will send a certificate to them.”

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