Purple reigns: Indian River Inlet Bridge lit up in color for National Recovery Month

The purple lights on the Indian River Inlet Bridge are to recognize National Recovery Month, which is sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Submitted photo

DOVER — If you’ve driven past the Indian River Inlet Bridge or through one of the three main Del. 1 toll plazas recently, you’ve
probably noticed something different. Specifically, you’ve probably noticed the bridge and the plazas are lit up purple.

No, it’s not aliens, a fancy new color scheme or an attempt at Christmas lights out of season: The purple lights are to recognize National Recovery Month. This September marks the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month, which is sponsored by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“As a state agency, there is nothing more important we do than to connect someone in crisis to the care that they need,” Kara Odom
Walker, secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services, said in a statement. “If you or someone you care for is struggling with addiction in Delaware, reach out for help.

“Any moment is the right moment to begin your journey to recovery. We can help. Call one of our Crisis Intervention Hotlines 24/7. In northern Delaware, call 800-652-2929. In Southern Delaware the number is 800-345-6785.”

What about some other times Delaware landmarks have been lit up?

To name a few, Legislative Hall is often illuminated at night in different colors, such as teal for ovarian cancer, from a spotlight, while Woodburn, the governor’s mansion, has been lit up in the past as well.

Dover Downs has been known to adopt a different color of sorts at times, lighting up blue in April for autism awareness and pink in October for breast cancer, to name two. Submitted photo

Georgetown often illuminates its buildings on The Circle for special holidays and awareness campaigns, and Seaford puts colored lights on its fountain at Gateway Park.

Outside government, Dover Downs has been known to adopt a different color of sorts at times, lighting up blue in April for autism awareness and pink in October for breast cancer, to name two. Its neighbor Dover International Speedway participates as well, lighting up the Monster Monument at Victory Plaza. Last year alone saw Miles the Monster don shades of teal, blue and purple (for pancreatic cancer).

Lighting up buildings is nothing new or unique to Delaware, of course. The practice has involved some of the most famous structures in the world, such as the Empire State Building and the White House, and causes ranging from cancer awareness to LGBT rights.

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