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To honor the the Afghan residents and service members lost, and the Afghans left behind following the withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan, Chair Nathan Fletcher, at the request of the nonprofit AfghanEvac, has ensured the San Diego County Administration Center will be illuminated in the colors of blue, red and green on August 25 and 30 to honor the special relationship between Afghans and Americans.  

The significance of illuminating the building for each night is as follows: 

  • August 25 (26 in Kabul) honors the Afghans and US Servicemembers lost at the Abbey Gate bombing on August 26, 2021; and 

  • August 30 (31 in Kabul) acknowledges the thousands of Afghans left behind following the withdrawal of all U.S. and allied forces on August 31, 2021. 

“The war in Afghanistan was a long, difficult battle that took a toll on our soldiers and the Afghan people,” said Nathan Fletcher, a United States Marine Corps. Combat Veteran and Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Its conclusion did not end as anyone would have wished, in particular the nearly 200 deaths including 13 courageous American service members from the Abbey Gate bombing. The action we’re taking to light the building is our way of showing solidarity with armed forces and the Afghan people, and commemorating the lives lost and those left behind, and recognizing the ongoing struggles of those who survived this war.” 

#AfghanEvac is a non-partisan non-profit organization that brings together more than 200 organizations working around the clock to help Afghans who stood with the United States to realize their American dream. The member organizations span the full spectrum of support, from relocation from Kabul to resettlement in new homes in the U.S. The membership is made-up of veterans, frontline civilians, intelligence community professionals, and regular, everyday Americans.

“Afghans all across our region will see tomorrow a visual representation that they are cared for. It may seem small but this gesture demonstrates that the County of San Diego stands with Afghans,” said Shawn Vandiver, President and Founder, #AfghanEvac. “It shows that our leaders haven’t forgotten the nearly 200 Afghans and 13 US service members who lost their lives at Abbey Gate. It shows that we haven’t forgotten our enduring commitment to those who stood with us, believing in the idea of America and that our region is ready to help them realize their American dream.”