National Nurses Day: SoCal Salutes the Power of Compassion

Two motorcades are planned for day devoted to recognizing the care and compassion provided by nurses on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Nurses have been shining lights of hope during the darkest times of the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, West Hollywood is turning on the blue lights in tribute to their tireless work, care and compassion.

Photos: West Hollywood Shines a Light on National Nurses Day

Lanterns on Santa Monica Boulevard are lit up in blue Wednesday for National Nurses Day. Members of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Station, LA County Fire stations, LAPD, Beverly Hills police and fire, and CHP will conduct two motorcades in honor of nurses — one at 9:45 a.m. and another at 7:15 p.m.

The motorcades will head west on Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard, then south on North San Vicente Boulevard to the emergency room entrance at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. During the morning parade, nurses and other hospital workers clapped and waved from the sidewalk and balconies as police and fire department vehicles sounded sirens in salute.

Wednesday marks the start of National Nurses Week, which concludes May 12 — the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who founded modern nursing. 

At Children's Hospital Los Angeles, about 600 meals will be delivered to staff members. Mayor Eric Garcetti and actor Mark Wahlberg will be part of the Nurses Day event

Another celebration of nurses is planned at the AltaMed Boyle Heights testing site, where LAPD officers in patrol vehicles will salute medical workers.

Area restaurants also are saying thanks with free eats and deals for healthcare workers. Click here for a list.

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