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Stunning drone light display pays tribute to frontline medical workers fighting coronavirus

A stunning drone light show lit up the night sky over Philadelphia to honor the frontline workers battling the coronavirus.

Around 150 illuminated unmanned aerial vehicles flew above Franklin Field Stadium and created a range of medical symbols, along with a ringing Liberty Bell and the message ‘Thank u heroes.’ 

The event was designed by the drone creator Verge Aero, who works at the University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Works labs. 

The show eight minute show was a tribute to those working at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and all those in the healthcare field during the pandemic.

 

Around 150 illuminated unmanned aerial vehicles flew above Franklin Field Stadium and created a range of medical symbols, along with a ringing Liberty Bell and the message ‘Thank u heroes’

The event took place Tuesday evening in the heart of Philadelphia and those who attended were reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Verge Aero CEO Nils Thorjussen: ‘The show was planned to ensure maximum visibility for those inside the hospital and allow them to view the show while maintaining social distance.’

‘This was an opportunity for us to donate our resources and expertise to stand in solidarity with these brave heroes, and convey the thanks of the American people. We are profoundly grateful for their tireless work, dedication, and sacrifice.’

The event was part of the #PhillyShinesBlue and #LightItBlue campaigns, featured a range of appreciative messages and visuals from the Liberty Bell to the Philadelphia LOVE sign to a grumpy-looking coronavirus.

The show eight minute show was a tribute to those working at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and all those in the healthcare field during the pandemic

The show eight minute show was a tribute to those working at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital, the Children’s Hospital and all those in the healthcare field during the pandemic

The event was part of the #PhillyShinesBlue and #LightItBlue campaigns, featured a range of appreciative messages and visuals from the Liberty Bell to the Philadelphia LOVE sign to a grumpy-looking coronavirus

The event was part of the #PhillyShinesBlue and #LightItBlue campaigns, featured a range of appreciative messages and visuals from the Liberty Bell to the Philadelphia LOVE sign to a grumpy-looking coronavirus

Verge Aero is a leader in drone light shows and has showcased their skills at the Olympics and accompanied concerts by Coldplay and The Rolling Stones.

The coronavirus began in Wuhan, China December 2019 and has since infected nearly every country around the world.

However, the US has been hit the hardest with more than one million cases and over 61,000 deaths.

The healthcare workers are essential workers during the outbreak, as hospitals have been flooded with people needing treatment – and America is letting them know how thankful they are for these first responders’ service.

Earlier this month, hundreds of landmarks turned blue to thank healthcare workers.

The healthcare workers are essential workers during the outbreak, as hospitals have been flooded with people needing treatment – and America is letting them know how thankful they are for these first responders’ service

The healthcare workers are essential workers during the outbreak, as hospitals have been flooded with people needing treatment – and America is letting them know how thankful they are for these first responders’ service

The event took place Tuesday evening in the heart of Philadelphia and those who attended were reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing

The event took place Tuesday evening in the heart of Philadelphia and those who attended were reminded to wear masks and practice social distancing

The coronavirus began in Wuhan, China December 2019 and has since infected nearly every country around the world. However, the US has been hit the hardest with more than one million cases and over 61,000 deaths

The coronavirus began in Wuhan, China December 2019 and has since infected nearly every country around the world. However, the US has been hit the hardest with more than one million cases and over 61,000 deaths

The Empire State building and Times Square, New York, the Pacific Wheel, California, and the Space Needle, Washington, were among monuments to be illuminated blue in #LightItBlue.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo marked the national show of thanks by saying: ‘At a time when we are fighting every day against a vicious and invisible enemy, there has been one constant… the healthcare workers who continue to fight on the front lines and care for their fellow New Yorkers’.

The show displayed Philadelphia's iconic 'LOVE' sign

The show displayed Philadelphia’s iconic ‘LOVE’ sign

Earlier this month, hundreds of landmarks turned blue to thank healthcare workers. The Empire State building and Rockefeller Center (pictured), the Pacific Wheel, California, and the Space Needle, Washington, were among monuments to be illuminated blue in #LightItBlue

Earlier this month, hundreds of landmarks turned blue to thank healthcare workers. The Empire State building and Rockefeller Center (pictured), the Pacific Wheel, California, and the Space Needle, Washington, were among monuments to be illuminated blue in #LightItBlue

#LightItBlue is spearheaded by the events and entertainment industry. It was first launched in the UK to 'salute the brave (healthcare) staff risking their own health to care for others'. Pictured is the Grand Park Music Center fountain in Los Angeles, California

#LightItBlue is spearheaded by the events and entertainment industry. It was first launched in the UK to ‘salute the brave (healthcare) staff risking their own health to care for others’. Pictured is the Grand Park Music Center fountain in Los Angeles, California 

‘They are the very definition of a hero and we should collectively do what we can to honor and support them.’ 

The city has started digging a mass grave on Hart Island where it will bury coronavirus victims.

#LightItBlue is spearheaded by the events and entertainment industry. It was first launched in the UK to ‘salute the brave (healthcare) staff risking their own health to care for others’.

 

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