Minnesota landmarks light up in purple to honor victims of COVID-19, frontline workers (photos)

Courtesy of the Office of Tim Walz

As Minnesota reached the grim milestone of over 3,000 lives lost due to COVID-19, Minnesota landmarks in cities and towns across the state were lit in purple on Thursday to honor victims of COVID-19, and the frontline workers battling the pandemic.

“When times are tough, Minnesotans rise up by coming together,” Governor Tim Walz said in a statement about the solemn occasion.

Governor Walz also directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, November 19, 2020. He has directed flags to fly at half-staff on the 19th of every month through 2020 to remember, mourn, and honor lives lost due to COVID-19.

Cities, towns, sports team, museums, libraries, companies, and more joined in this special moment of unity across the state using the hashtag “#MNtogether.” Below, find photos of some of the participating landmarks as shared on social media.