Coronavirus: Switzerland projects image of American flag on Alps in show of solidarity

Coronavirus: Switzerland shows support for America by projected US flag on Alps

ZERMATT, Switzerland — Historically neutral Switzerland symbolically showed its support for the U.S. in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by projecting an image of the American flag onto the side of the iconic Matterhorn portion of the Swiss Alps.

“Our thoughts are with all American people at this unprecedented time,” Swiss tourist officials said on social media. “We look forward to meeting again at the foot of the Matterhorn, we are all in this together.”

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This is not the first time the side of the mountain has been used as a backdrop. It’s part of a series of projections by artist Gerry Hofstetter, Fox News reported.

Last month the word “#hope” was projected on it. Other images include flags from other countries hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.

The Matterhorn is part of a portion of the Swiss Alps along the border of Switzerland and Italy, according to the CIA World FactBook. It is 14,692 feet tall.

FILE PHOTO: Historically neutral Switzerland symbolically showed its support for the U.S. in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by projecting an image of the American flag onto the side of the iconic Matterhorn portion of the Swiss Alps.
FILE PHOTO: Historically neutral Switzerland symbolically showed its support for the U.S. in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic by projecting an image of the American flag onto the side of the iconic Matterhorn portion of the Swiss Alps. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)