Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

Las Vegas Shooting

We heard the news of the Las Vegas shooting the day after it happened. We woke to terrible news reports and quickly shared some tears for the victims just one state away. My sister-in-law and her family live just outside of Las Vegas and we were planning to visit just a few days later. We’d even made plans to stay in a fancy hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. No, I wasn’t at the concert. I didn’t directly know anyone who was. I don’t live in the city or even the state. Yet, for some reason, this felt close to “home” for me.

We followed through with our plans to visit the city, but stayed in a quiet hotel in Boulder City, instead.

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We had a long weekend vacation filled

with family, hugs, nature, and love.

And it was perfect. 

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Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

On our way out of town I spontaneously asked Ben to drive to the famous Las Vegas Welcome Sign. We’ve been to the city a few times but I’ve never seen this sign, and I felt like it would be a nice way to say goodbye this time.

Well, I didn’t realize the sign faces none other than the Mandalay Bay resort, and had turned into a Las Vegas shooting memorial in the past week. 

 

Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

 

Crowds of people were around both sides of the welcome sign; taking pictures, crying, leaving flowers or other mementos. As we approached and I saw the mound of items lovingly placed around the sign I lost control and started sobbing into Ben’s shoulder. At that moment a group of trainers with their therapy dogs approached, encouraging Whit to pet one.

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Wow.

The love and support at this unofficial Las Vegas

shooting memorial just blew me over.

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Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

 

T-shirts, billboards, and marquees all displayed #VegasStrong. Electronic billboards flashed therapy hotlines.  Blood banks started turning down appointments by 7:00 am the next morning, hospitals and First Responder units were turning down copious food donations, and funerals held mourners to the gills.

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One thing is for sure:

what happens in Vegas doesn’t

stay in Vegas anymore.

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The support and empathy has reached far and wide, and has definitely brought out the best in Las Vegas residents and those abroad. 

 

Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

P.S., I just love this shirt from River Babe Threads. I put him in this any time I want to prove a point about kindness, and I explain the situation by using his “special” shirt. If you love it, too, consider purchasing here.

 

Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

 

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36 Comments

    1. Oh wow! It’s called the worst mass shooting in America, but I didn’t realize it would be broadcast around the world. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers from afar!

  1. So heartbreaking! This evokes such emotion! Thinking about all of the families and friends that are affected! The world is mourning with you! 💔

  2. It was such a terrible terrible thing that happened and if I were you or someone with a closer connection to the city or the people involved, I don’t know if I could handle it. I think it’s really great though that you saw this and were able to see the love and support that’s come forward after such a terrible tragedy.

    1. I’m so glad I could be there, but didn’t expect to have so many emotions. It’s better than being apathetic, I guess! My heart goes out to all of those directly affected.

  3. This was such a sad day. I will never understand what drives people to wake up one day and snatch away the lives of innocent people. It was nice to see how many people came together to help.

  4. This was such a senseless act of violence, as are all shootings. I don’t understand why we can’t make gun laws that make sense. There’s no reason for a civilian to have a semi automatic. Sigh. And we really need to expand our mental health services.

  5. I love your son’s shirt. I agree, this felt so close to home for me even though we live in California. I know a few people that live there and we just stayed at the Mandalay Bay Resort in June for our anniversary. Such a terrible tragedy.

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