In a show of solidarity with medical professionals and other first responders during the coronavirus pandemic, some of Atlanta’s best-known landmarks are set to be illuminated blue tonight.
Spanning from the airport to Summerhill and Midtown, the “#LightItBlue” campaign will kick off at 8 p.m., according to Central Atlanta Progress.
Part of the nationwide #MakeItBlue movement, which is dedicated to honoring those fighting on the frontlines against COVID-19, tonight’s gesture is expected to be seen at places likes Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta City Hall, and the new Reverb by Hard Rock hotel in Castleberry Hill.
“In the face of anxiety and uncertainty, this campaign will show a massive gesture of solidarity and support across the nation,” the #MakeItBlue website says. “The American people are standing together—even from 6 feet apart—to remain stronger than ever.”
Organizers invite the public to join in the action by wearing blue or displaying blue lights at home.
We all need something positive to hang on to. My colleague retina surgeon in Atlanta sent me this. Every evening around Emory, residents gather on their balconies to applaud, cheer, and thank the staff as they leave work for the day. We will prevail. #COVID19 #CoronavirusOutbreak pic.twitter.com/7UEYkRdS8x— Ehsan Rahimy (@SFretina) March 28, 2020
This won’t be Atlanta’s first act of appreciation for the people risking their lives during this public health crisis.
In Midtown, for instance, neighbors of Emory University Hospital have been stepping out on their balconies to applaud the staff during the shift change each day.
In fact, at a time when tensions are highest, it seems random acts of kindness and solidarity abound in Atlanta. A rundown of other instances is here.
The following destinations are also slated to light up tonight, per CAP:
- Centennial Olympic Park Amphitheater
- Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
- SkyView Atlanta Ferris wheel
- Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame
- 191 Peachtree
- Peachtree Center
- 101 Marietta Street (a.k.a. Centennial Tower)
- Georgia-Pacific Center
- 100 Peachtree
- Georgia State Stadium
- 14th Street Bridge
- 1180 Peachtree
- Colony Square
- Plaza Midtown
- SkyHouse South
- The Standard
Plus Arts & Entertainment Atlanta digital signs located at: 101 Marietta Street, Peachtree Center, the Westin Peachtree Plaza, and The American Hotel.