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.
We had a long weekend vacation filled
with family, hugs, nature, and love.
And it was perfect.
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.
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.
The love and support at this unofficial Las Vegas
shooting memorial just blew me over.
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.
One thing is for sure:
what happens in Vegas doesn’t
stay in Vegas anymore.
The support and empathy has reached far and wide, and has definitely brought out the best in Las Vegas residents and those abroad.
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