On Wednesday evening, a procession of dozens of vehicles slowly made its way up the hill past the main entrance of Fauquier Hospital, where the vehicles’ occupants honked, waved, held up signs and shouted, “thank you!” to the health care workers and first responders assembled there.

In the adjacent parking lot, fire trucks, ambulances and police vehicles had their emergency lights on, all part of the “Light Up the Night” event organized by Fauquier Health to honor the people who are on the front lines during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

A steady stream of vehicles passed by the hospital for about a half an hour – dogs and children poked their heads out the window to get a better view. Drivers stopped briefly to chat with friend they hadn’t seen in a while. Young children pointed excitedly to the array of lights emanating from the law enforcement vehicles.

“The lights are meant to be a symbol of thanks to the health care community,” said Sarah Cubbage, the marketing coordinator for Fauquier Health, before the event.

About 20 minutes in, several fire and rescue vehicles quickly left on a call, briefly interrupting the procession.

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