DENVER (CBS4) – We know it’s spring, but you may want to dig out your Christmas lights. Denver residents are encouraged to decorate with colorful lights to show their gratitude and support for essential and frontline workers who are keeping us safe and healthy during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Denver City and County Building was lit in red and white lights Thursday night to pay tribute to first responders and medical personnel. Mayor Michael Hancock was joined by Councilwoman Kendra Black and Police Chief Paul Pazen for the lighting ceremony.

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Public safety vehicles across the city are also lighting up with red and white in a unified show of support, and residents are being encouraged to put holiday lights on a tree, bush or window to honor all essential and frontline workers who go out every day to support our community.

“The lights are glowing from Green Valley Ranch to Bear Valley, from Berkeley to Hampden Heights and everywhere in between as Denver neighborhoods say thank you to our first responders, medical professionals and essential workers,” said Mayor Hancock. “Their dedication cannot be taken for granted, so we are inviting everyone to show their thanks by showing their lights. 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.”

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People are encouraged to spread the positive spirit on social media — using the hashtag #KeepCalmDenverOn. The lights are the latest way for Denver residents to stay connected during the COVID crisis.

Each night at 8 p.m., thanks to a Denver-based Facebook group, people across Colorado take to the streets to howl in a show of unity and gratitude. The City and County Building will remain lighted in red and white through the end of April.

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