City of Milwaukee takes part in 'Light the Night' to show we're in this together

Posted at 10:28 PM, Apr 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-14 23:28:30-04

Across Milwaukee, residents took part in "Light the Night" on 414 Milwaukee Day.

It was started after TMJ4 Morning Blend host Tiffany Ogle worked to get residents and city landmarks involved. The idea was to have people shine lights through their front windows or add lighting to their home to let their neighbors know they are here during this tough time of the coronavirus pandemic.

In downtown Milwaukee, several of the city's tall buildings, added, flashed or changed the colors of their lights at 8 p.m. to show solidarity.

In neighborhoods across the city, people could be seen with flashlights or smartphone lights, shining them for neighbors to see.

Andy Silverman was one of the people behind creating 414 Day more than a decade ago.

"It's about figuring out what you love about Milwaukee and celebrating that as best you can," says Silverman.

This year is much different; the majority of people are confined to their homes during the "Safer at Home" order.

Silverman says, "I do think a lot of people are feeling lonely right now. I think it's a cool way to remind your neighbors and even in time when we are not isolating in the wake of coronavirus… I think it's good to remind your neighbors that you are around and thinking about each other."

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