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Roanoke’s Mill Mountain Star will shine in blue and white as a tribute to health care workers, first responders and others involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic. The Star, the Berglund Center and Wells Fargo Tower will all be illuminated in blue each night starting Thursday evening through Sunday. This will be the first time in the iconic Star’s 70-year history that it has glowed only in blue and white, Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea said during an online news conference Wednesday. The illuminations are part of the “Light it Blue” international campaign, during which buildings and monuments are lit blue to show support for essential workers during the response to COVID-19. Also Wednesday evening, about 40 people gathered in Salem at LewisGale Medical Center to cheer healthcare workers as they changed shifts. See more photos at