RENO, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — The City Plaza in downtown Reno looks a little different after today's event to show support for the Ukrainian people during a Russian military invasion.
The 12 foot letters now don dozens of sunflowers, the Ukrainian national flower. This is the first time the city has decorated the believe sign before.
City of Reno officials announced on Monday that they would host a solidarity event encouraging members of the northern Nevada community to bring sunflowers to add to the letters showing their support with Ukraine.
Reno residents with Ukrainian and Russian heritage say the gesture go a long way. Elena Bubnova lives in Reno but has family in Ukraine. She is moved by the community support.
"To be here in Reno, which is 1000s of miles away from Ukraine, and to see such an outpouring of support from residents of Reno Sparks just brings me to tears."
While the plaza was full of blues and yellows of the Ukraine flag, one women wore traditional Ukrainian clothing, including a Vyshyvanka. Jessica Floam also has family in Ukraine right now. She says her cousin just volunteered and is out patrolling today.
"This brings such strength, such hope and knows we know that we're not alone."
As expected, the Reno community did not disappoint with more than a couple dozen people showing up. Paws 4 love also brought several therapy dogs. The City says they plan to keep the flowers up as long as the elements allow. Mayor Hillary Schieve says the next step is to light the arch in blue and yellow.