Let there be light outside of Las Cruces City Hall, and lights there may be!
The outside columns of the west edifice of City Hall, 700 N. Main St., will again be lit during October and November in observances of special causes that are important to many Las Cruces residents. The special lighting will occur from dusk to dawn every night during October and November.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign across the U.S. to raise public awareness about the impacts of breast cancer. The west side of City Hall will be illuminated in pink lights during October in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
From 2007 to 2016 Las Cruces played a significant role in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During that time more than $4.6 million was raised through the combined efforts of residents, schools, municipal and county governments, Cowboys for Cancer Research, and public and private organizations in Las Cruces and Doña Ana County in the NMSU Aggies are Tough Enough to Wear Pink campaign. During that time, a $1.5 million endowment was established at New Mexico State University to support cancer research.
Schools throughout the County and Cowboys for Cancer Research still continue to annually conduct events to raise money and awareness for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.
For the second consecutive year, the west side of City Hall will be lit in blue lights during November in observance of Diabetes Awareness Month. This year, City Hall will be lighted in blue during all of November. Last year, the west columns at City Hall were lighted in blue from November 12 to November 30.
November is American Diabetes Month. Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach is encouraging businesses and organizations to help promote public awareness and support for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County residents who have diabetes. Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach has been in Las Cruces since 1998 and was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 2001.
From blood glucose screening tests conducted on City and county residents, Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach has determined it appears that a large percentage of residents have diabetes. Across the U.S., research has estimated that one in three residents has diabetes.
City Hall has also been specially lit on several occasions. In September, the west columns of City Hall were lit in in red, white, and blue lights in observance of the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists attacks in New York City, at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., and for Flight 293, which crashed that fateful day in a Pennsylvania farm field.
On July 4, City Hall was lit in red, while, and blue lights for Independence Day. In June, the outside of City Hall was lit in multi-colored lights to observe Pride Month. Also, on June 21, 2021, orange lights illuminated the outside of City Hall in observance of Make Music Day.
Groups and organizations interested in lighting City Hall in a special color, or colors, can submit a request by email to Mayor Ken Miyagishima or a City Council member. Requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.