The Aerial Lift Bridge and Enger Tower will both be lit in purple Thursday, Nov. 19, as a moment of unity according to a news release from the city of Duluth. The landmarks are among over 30 Minnesota landmarks that will be lit purple to honor those who have been lost due to COVID-19 and to thank frontline workers for fighting the pandemic. It's part of Gov. Tim Walz's "#MNtogether" campaign.

"“Tonight, understanding the additional sacrifice that we are making (in regard to Walz’s new executive orders), we are choosing to light Enger Tower and the Aerial Lift Bridge purple,” Mayor Emily Larson said. “This is a color that unites Minnesota in a lot of different ways and is a visual reminder that this is another phase that we are entering. We want to remember those who have left us, and we want to prevent that number from getting any higher. We also want to light the bridge to thank frontline workers and health care workers for their service.”

Other area landmarks expected to light up Thursday include the Giant Hockey Stick in Eveleth and Split Rock Lighthouse in Two Harbors, which will be lit in white.

Walz also directed all flags at state and federal buildings in Minnesota to be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset Thursday to remember, mourn and honor lives lost due to COVID-19.

“When times are tough, Minnesotans rise up by coming together,” Walz said. “Tonight, communities across the state will come together in a symbolic moment of unity to honor those we have lost and the workers who are on the frontline of this battle."