As Thursday afternoon faded, turning from light to dark, the White House, too, underwent a change in shade–from white to pink. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the White House and the Naval Observatory, home to Vice President Joe Biden, are both lit up in pink for the night.
On September 30th, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation on Breast Cancer Awareness Month, saying:
Every October, America stands in solidarity with those battling breast cancer and those at risk for breast cancer. This disease touches every corner of the United States -- in 2013 alone, more than 230,000 women and over 2,000 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and tens of thousands will die from it. As we observe National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we salute the women and men who dedicate themselves to prevention, detection, and treatment; we show our support for every individual and every family struggling with breast cancer; and we pause to remember those we have lost.