Governor’s mansion lit in blue and yellow in support of Ukraine

MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. — Wisconsin’s Executive Residence is lit in blue and yellow lights to show solidarity with Ukraine as the Russian invasion of the country stretches into a second week.

The lights went on around 7:30 p.m., Gov. Tony Evers’ office said. They will remain on each night for the foreseeable future.

“Tonight, Kathy and I are lighting up the Executive Residence in blue and yellow as we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine,” the governor said in a statement prior to the lighting. “We join Ukrainian Wisconsinites and folks across our state and country in praying for the safety of the people of the Ukraine. We are keeping all of them, including the families fleeing to find refuge, in our thoughts.”

The governor’s mansion will join several other locations around the state and country to turn on blue and yellow lights in a show of support during the Russian invasion, including the La Crosse Center, the Hoan Bridge in Milwaukee and bridges in Green Bay.

Daria Chomiak, who is of Ukrainian descent and has family members in the country, said numerous major cities have shown their support for Ukraine and as Wisconsin’s capital city, the Madison area should do the same. She and others in the community helped push for the display.

When viewing it, she said she wants people “to think of the strength of Ukrainian people, and I want the people in Ukraine to see that they are supported by us overseas.”