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Valley building owners to take part in ‘Light to Unite’ – commemorating 240th anniversary of Purple Heart Award

Koppers Tower in Pittsburgh will be the first of thousands of buildings across the U.S., including the Valley of the Sun, to display patriotic colors Nov. 11 (File Photos/

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Building Owners and Managers Association Greater Phoenix is inviting all Valley commercial building owners to take part on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, in the national “Light to Unite” event, a commemoration and celebration of the 240th anniversary of the U.S. Purple Heart Award. 

The National Flag Foundation and the Military Order of the Purple Heart are partnering on the event and have the support of BOMA International and BOMA councils throughout the nation. This includes BOMA Greater Phoenix, an industry group that advances the commercial real estate industry through advocacy, influence and knowledge, according to a press release.

The goal of “Light to Unite” is to have all major cities in America light up purple and/or red, white and blue.

“We have some commitments for some buildings from Ryan Companies, and Transwestern, and look forward to bringing more onboard for this celebration,” said BOMA Greater Phoenix Executive Director Farrell Quinlan in a prepared statement. “This is a patriotic way for the many commercial building owners in Metro Phoenix to show their support.”

NFF officials said they already have a commitment from One World Trade Center in New York City to light their building purple immediately following the lighting of Pittsburgh’s Koppers Tower. The Koppers Tower will be the first to light as it is the home of the NFF. All other participating buildings will light based on their time zone, the release states.

NFF is asking for BOMA-local participation helping it to secure commitments from as many American cities as possible. In addition to “Light to Unite,” event organizers have partnered with the NFL this year to create a video, “A National Flag Foundation Moment,” narrated by Jim Nantz which NFL teams will be asked to air during the NFL’s “Salute to Service” games in November.

The event has also received official support from the Marine Corps League and another commercial real estate industry group, the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR).

Contact BOMA Greater Phoenix at if your property is interested in taking part in “Light to Unite.”

According to the release, BOMA International is a federation of 93 BOMA U.S. associations, BOMA Canada and its 11 regional associations and 13 BOMA international affiliates. Founded in 1907, BOMA represents the owners and managers of all commercial property types including nearly 10 billion square feet of U.S. office space that supports 3.7 million jobs and contributes $205 billion to the U.S. GDP.

BOMA Greater Phoenix has been federated with BOMA International since 1940. Find BOMA International online at

One World Trade Center in New York City to light their building purple immediately following the lighting of Pittsburgh’s Koppers Tower.
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