The Mid-Hudson Bridge was lit red on Wednesday in honor of International Firefighters Day.
The order for all New York State landmarks to be lit red came from Governor Kathy Hochul. It also included Niagara Falls, the Tappan Zee Bridge, and other sites.
“Each day firefighters put their lives at risk to make our communities safer and we thank them for their service,” Hochul said. “On International Firefighters Day, we recognize the dedication and sacrifice of firefighters past and present around the globe – New York State is a better place because of their service and we are forever grateful.”
May 4 marks the annual recognition of firefighters and the sacrifices they make by protecting their communities. The day represents the anniversary of a wildland fire that killed five Australian firefighters just over 20 years ago.
Each year, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation asks people to shine red lights on porches, buildings, or other property to show their support of firefighters.