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"Giant hug": Structures nationwide light up in bright blue to thank pandemic front line workers

Thank you to America's heroes

New York — Hundreds of structures across the country lit up blue Thursday night to say thank you to those on the front lines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, reports CBS New York. The city was a big participant.

From Madison Square Garden to Broadway marquees and One World Trade Center, the city was shining bright blue.

Michael Fiur, one of the "Light It Blue" campaign's organizers, told the station, "We hope it just creates this giant hug for all the health care workers and essential workers."

Across U.S., Stadiums, Landmarks Illuminated In Blue To Honor Essential Workers
The Kosciuszko Bridge in New York is illuminated in blue as part of the #LightItBlue for Health Workers movement on April 9, 2020 to show support for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. DIMITRIOS KAMBOURIS / Getty Images

More than 100 buildings and landmarks in New York and 400 venues nationwide were illuminated together at 8 p.m. local times Thursday.

The tribute was a "thank you" to all 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 we care," Fiur said.

Across U.S., Stadiums, Landmarks Illuminated In Blue To Honor Essential Workers
Kansas City's Union Station and downtown buildings are lit up in blue lights on April 9, 2020 to show support for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jamie Squire / Getty Images

While blue is a salute to health care workers, it's also intended to bring a sense of calm to the skyline, a little Band-Aid for despair and uncertainty.

"It's just a hopeful, bright color," Fiur said.

Broadway League President Charlotte St. Martin observed, "It's to say 'we're there for you."'

"Anything we can do that pulls us all together with the rest of the community is very inspiring," St. Martin added.

Across U.S., Stadiums, Landmarks Illuminated In Blue To Honor Essential Workers
Buildings in downtown Chicago are lit in blue on April 9, 2020 to show support for health care workers and first responders on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Getty Images

There was no building too tall or window too small to take part.

Organizers hope it was 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.

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