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AUGUSTA -- Former Augusta Mayor Mary Zeigler is asking individuals to participate in the Greenlight a Veteran program.

The program is a simple act of changing a regular light bulb with a green bulb and turning it on to symbolize support of veterans, according to Zeigler.

"All homes have an outside light on their front porch and all you need to do is replace the light bulb with a green light bulb and turn it on at dark symbolizing your support of our veterans. A lot of homes in Augusta participated last year and it was quite a sight to see," she said.

Zeigler said she participates, and asks other to do so, because she has great respect for veterans.

"They gave the ultimate sacrifice by joining the military and fighting for our freedom and our country. My father was a veteran of the U.S. Navy as well as several uncles, cousins, and other family members and friends. I was taught at a young age to respect the flag, military, police, and firefighters," she said.

Zeigler said she hopes to see every home in Augusta lit up with green lights.

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"I would encourage everyone to participate in 'Greenlight A Vet.' It’s easy, inexpensive, and a great way to honor our veterans. I have a special place in my heart for veterans," she said. "As I said before they gave the ultimate sacrifice for us. They joined the military, left their homes and families and went to war and fought for our freedom. They deserve our love and respect."

To learn more about the Greenlight a Vet program, mark a map with your participation location, and find other ways to help veterans, go to www.greenlightavet.com/

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