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Thu Apr 30, 2020, 03:10 PM

Walkway Honors Frontline Workers With Bridge-Sized 'Thank You!'

The Walkway Over the Hudson was lit by more than 1,300 luminaries, spelling out a message of thanks to the frontline workers in the new coronavirus crisis. (Scott Snell Courtesy Zero Point Aerial)

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY To honor those on the front lines of the new coronavirus crisis, Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park was recently lit by more than 1,300 luminaries spelling out "THANK YOU!" It transformed the Hudson Valley's iconic landmark into the community's largest display of gratitude.

According to organizers, the display of light spanned more than 200 feet on the world's longest elevated pedestrian bridge.

Elizabeth Waldstein, executive director of Friends of the Walkway, said the project salutes everyone going to exceptional lengths to keep people healthy and society functioning in the Hudson Valley and across the nation.

"We hope that through this grand display across the Walkway frontline workers know just how much we appreciate their tremendous efforts," she said.

"That includes our partners at New York State Parks and the Walkway park management team, all of whom have gone above-and-beyond to ensure the bridge can remain open for those needing an outdoor respite," Waldstein said.

In the coming days, photo prints of the temporary light installation will be presented to key agencies in the community places like emergency rooms, grocery stores, police stations and fire departments.

Beginning Saturday, which is I Love My Park Day, the public will be able to help extend the gratitude by purchasing prints and note cards at walkway.org to recognize those who have made a difference in their lives during the pandemic.

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