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Thursday, September 15, 2022   

The five-year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history is coming up Oct. 1, and Las Vegas is preparing to honor the victims, survivors and first responders.

When a gunman opened fire on the Route 91 music festival, 59 people died, and 867 people were injured, as he shot down from a room at the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel.

Tennille Pereira, director of the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center, said the massacre still has the city on edge, citing a recent incident where someone threw a rock at a glass door at the MGM Grand, causing a panic.

"All the mass shootings that are across the nation has changed our mindset, where if glass breaks, we are automatically assuming that there's a shooter. The mass shootings have definitely changed the way the community responds to things."

This year's commemoration is called "From The Darkest Night Comes The Strongest Light." The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center is giving away kits to make a lantern, which can be displayed in people's front windows. On Sept. 30, they will sponsor a webinar with a mental-health professional who will show people how to build the lantern.

Many other community events are planned on Saturday the first, including a sunrise remembrance ceremony and a concert called the Remember Music Festival at the Clark County Government Center.

Pereira noted the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center offers ongoing support groups and services for victims of the massacre and other types of crimes.

"The truth is that you don't get over this, it changes you, and it changes the community," Pereira explained. "It is important to mark that and recognize that and validate what people are going through."

Other community events to mark Oct. 1 include a quilt exhibit, a blood drive and a ceremony with a reading of the victims' names.


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