Matterhorn in Swiss Alps lit up with American flag in show of solidarity during coronavirus

Light Art by Gerry Hofstetter / Photo Gabriel Perren

The famous Matterhorn mountain in the Swiss Alps was illuminated with an American flag this week in a show of solidarity for the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.

Light artist Gerry Hoffstetter projected the flag onto the 14,692 foot peak on Thursday as part of a nightly series supporting those combating COVID-19.

“Our thoughts are with all American people at this unprecedented time. We look forward to meeting again at the foot of the Matterhorn, we are all in this together,” the tourism organization Zermatt Matterhorn wrote on its Facebook page.

Jacque Pitteloud, the Swiss ambassador to the U.S., called it a “magnificent” display.

The United States is the country with the most coronavirus cases in the world. As of Friday, there has been 679,374 confirmed cases and 34,180 deaths, according to a database from Johns Hopkins University.

“The Matterhorn has always been a symbol of Switzerland and a place of strength and stability. Zermatt is convinced: as strong as the Matterhorn, so strong must the society stand together, be anchored and let the storm pass,” Zermatt wrote online.

The daily projections have been illuminating the mountain since the end of March, including messages like “#Hope” and flags from different countries. 

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