NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of buildings across the country lit up blue Thursday night to say thank you to those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Madison Square Garden to Broadway marquees, the Kosciuszko Bridge to One World Trade, New York City was shining bright blue.READ MORE: Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccinations Suspended Across Tri-State As Federal Health Officials Investigate Rare Blood Clots
Michael Fiur is one of the “Light It Blue” campaign’s organizers.
“We hope that it just creates this giant hug for all the health care workers and essential workers,” he told CBS2’s Ali Bauman.
More than 100 buildings and landmarks in New York, and 400 venues nationwide, were illuminated together at 8 p.m. Thursday.
The tribute is a thank you to all of our essential workers.
“It’s because of the importance of the workers who are going into work every day, risking their lives, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before, and wanting to do something to show them that we care,” Fiur said.
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While blue is a salute to health care workers, it’s also intended to bring a sense of calm to the city’s skyline, a little Band-Aid for our despair and uncertainty.
“It’s just a hopeful, bright color,” Fiur said.READ MORE: Demonstration Protesting Shooting Death Of Daunte Wright Briefly Shuts Down Brooklyn Bridge
“To say, we’re there for you,” said Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin.
It’s solidarity in unprecedented isolation.
“Anything that we can do that pulls us all together with the rest of the community is very inspiring,” St. Martin said.
There’s no building too tall or window too small to take part.
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Organizers hope this is just the first of many weekly tributes.
“Because everyone cares so much about these people who are literally putting their lives on the front line every day to save lives,” Fiur said.MORE NEWS: Brutally Honest Post About 'Neurotic, Man-Hating' Chihuahua Up For Adoption In New Jersey Goes Viral
At what feels like our darkest hour, light shines as a reminder that we’re not alone.