Unite the Night

The director of the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center in Artesia is asking Eddy County residents to participate in a national luminary event to show that people are united in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus.

“It’s just to say hey and we are all here and we are all in this together and we are going to win this battle,” said Laurie Schotz of “Unite The Night.”

The event asked communities across the country to set up light displays on city streets, balconies and other displayable areas for one hour, Sunday night.

“Unite The Night” starts at 8 p.m. in all United States time zones and lasts until 9 p.m., Schotz said.

Thomas Maibauer of Strongsville, Ohio is the organizer of the nationwide event.

“Honestly, I just felt like with all of this going on, all the negativity, we needed something positive to bring us all together while still practicing social distancing. Something to show unity, that we are in this together,” he said.

Maibauer said he wants people to realize that everyone can be supportive of each other, no matter how far or near they are.

“That strength in numbers doesn’t always have to mean being physically with each other. I also wanted to blur the boundaries between everything that separates us all. Race, religion, political stance; None of that matters when we all need each other,” he said.

Photo by Kari Shea on Unsplash

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