Shining a light

Dallas buildings will light up blue in nationwide tribute to healthcare heroes

Dallas buildings will light up blue in tribute to healthcare heroes

Omni Dallas, Dallas skyline
Dallas buildings, including the Omni hotel, will be lit up blue. Photo courtesy of Omni Hotels & Resorts

From applause from windows and balconies and passionate Youtube serenades, to gleeful donations and supply drives, Americans are anxious to pay homage to those battling on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic: healthcare and essential workers and first responders.

Now, Dallasites can join a nationwide salute to heroes during an event dubbed #LightItBlue.

On Thursday, April 9, at 8 pm, major city buildings and venues around Dallas will be lit blue to pay homage to the world’s essential workers and first responders. Dallas joins a host of major cities across the nation participating in the event.

More than 150 sporting and entertainment venues, landmarks and historic buildings, and civic and arts organizations from coast to coast will transform into “beacons of blue,” according to event organizers. Instantly familiar structures such as New York City’s One World Trade Center, Los Angeles’ Forum, and Chicago’s Soldier Field will be awash in the color.

Here are the buildings in Dallas participating in the #LightItBlue event:

  • AT&T Headquarters
  • Bank of America Plaza
  • One Arts Plaza
  • Dallas skyline
  • American Airlines Center
  • Cotton Bowl Stadium
  • Omni Dallas Hotel
  • FC Dallas Soccer Club
  • Dallas Sports Commission

Meanwhile, Dallas residents are encouraged to wear blue, decorate windows and doorways with blue, and share their own images or messages to essential workers with the hashtag #LightItBlue. Those interested can follow the movement on Twitter using @LightItBlue.

The #LightItBlue event originated in the United Kingdom as a volunteer #MakeItBlue movement and has since spread across the Atlantic. “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.”