Tonight, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is expected to be lit orange in honor of National Gun Violence Awareness Day.
The lighting is one of hundreds of “Wear Orange” events slated to take place nationwide during the weekend.
Orange is the symbol of the gun violence prevention movement.
A 7 p.m., a ceremony and family picnic is planned to take place during the lighting at Nyack’s Memorial Park, where a bridge viewing platform is located. It will be hosted by the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety.
The lights on the Cuomo Bridge were designed to be lit in a variety of colors. Lightings have occurred for holidays and annual events (red and green for Christmas; pink for breast cancer awareness) and can be employed quickly (for example, on March 15, the bridge was lit red, blue and white, the colors of the flag of New Zealand, after the March 15 Christchurch massacre).
The LED lighting system can also be coordinated to music. The New York State Thruway Authority officials have said that when the bridge’s shared use path is finished — expected this year — a public calendar of lights will be available.
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