Capital One Arena was one of many famous stadiums and landmarks across the world that lit up blue Thursday, April 9, to thank health care professionals, first responders, and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Tonight we #LightItBlue as a universal symbol of solidarity and hope,” a Capital One Arena tweet read.”The @MSE Family thanks you for keeping our community safe.”
Tonight we #LightItBlue as a universal symbol of solidarity and hope.
— Capital One Arena (@CapitalOneArena) April 10, 2020
The Capitals added a heart emoji in the mentions of the tweet.
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) April 10, 2020
According to a press release on Business Wire, the #LightItBlue campaign first originated in the United Kingdom before business leaders in the United States’ events and entertainment sector organized the tribute on American soil.
“We’ve been so inspired over the past few weeks by the cheers of our neighbors around the world – and we wanted to bring this collective gratitude to an even bigger stage here in the U.S.,” said lead organizer of the movement, Joe Zenas, CEO at Thinkwell Group, a design and production agency.
“This is a heartfelt ‘thank you’ from those of us at home to those of us who are going to work each day to keep our country going,” Zenas said.
The #LightItBlue campaign is an effort to visualize the country’s appreciation for the millions of Americans at the forefront of coronavirus crisis.
In the DMV, other famous landmarks that lit up blue include Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards; Larry Hogan’s Governor’s Mansion in Annapolis, MD; Landover’s FedEx Field; and Hershey’s Giant Center.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 10, 2020
Tonight, Government House is taking part in the #LightItBlue campaign to express our gratitude for the health care heroes and essential personnel on the front lines of the #COVID19 pandemic. May God bless each and every one of them. pic.twitter.com/cRYYLxnFoX
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) April 10, 2020
— FedExField (@FedExField) April 10, 2020
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Among the major participants in the United States include:
The #LightItBlue effort will continue weekly on Thursday nights across the United States.
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) April 10, 2020
Tonight, the Penguins and PPG Paints Arena are standing with teams and venues across North America to #LightItBlue in support of essential workers on the front lines. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/rykSo8mS2G
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) April 10, 2020
To all NHS, social care and frontline staff: THANK YOU, for your heroic work during this unprecedented time. As a demonstration of our immense gratitude, tonight the White Tower is blue for you 🏰💙 #LightItBlue #ClapForOurCarers #ClapForTheNHS pic.twitter.com/iryXz41ohi
— The Tower of London (@TowerOfLondon) April 9, 2020
— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) April 10, 2020
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) April 10, 2020
Headline photo courtesy of Capital One Arena
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