Residents are encouraged to share photos of their decorations honoring first responders and essential workers using the hashtag #KeepCalmDenverOn. The lights are among the ways for Denver residents to stay connected during the COVID-19 crisis.
When the clock reached 8 p.m., people across the nation howled in unity from their balconies, front lawns and back yards. In that moment, first responders everywhere flipped their public safety vehicles’ lights on.
In Denver on April 9, just past 8 p.m., Mayor Michael B. Hancock led a countdown.
“Three. Two. One. Light this building,” he said.
And with that prompt, Denver’s City and County Building downtown lit up in red and white lights.
The lighting took place to honor first responders and essential workers on the front lines battling the COVID-19 pandemic.
The City and County Building at 1437 Bannock St. will be lit up through April 30 as an expression of gratitude during the stay-at-home order.
“I’m humbled by the sacrifice and service I have witnessed in recent weeks, and these lights on our City and County Building honor our Denver heroes and the heroes everywhere leading the response to this pandemic,” Hancock said.
Residents are also encouraged to decorate a tree, bush or window with lights.
“Their dedication cannot be taken for granted, so we are inviting everyone to show their thanks by showing their lights,” Hancock said of first responders and essential workers. “Stay home. Keep Calm and Denver on.”
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