10/9/17 11:11 p.m. Las Vegas Shooting Memorial

Las Vegas Shooting Memorial – Dedicated to the teams of people who came together during this tragedy

Monday, October 9, 2017  11:11pm

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Photo: https://www.nbcnews.com/slideshow/memorial-held-fallen-las-vegas-police-officer-n808251

One week and one day will have passed since the tragic events in Las Vegas while I am in attendance at IMEX.

I am still struggling to make sense of grief, sadness, and trauma that has been inflicted from this and other recent events.

My friend, Holly Duckworth, and I made the trip to the Las Vegas Memorial.  We lit one candle for each of the beloveds that lost their lives, one for the first responders, and one for the world in an attempt to re-unite us all.

I personally find that as valuable as media is, media can never serve justice to an event like this, so I felt it important to go here and do something.

We lit a candle and said their name and where they were from if we could find it.  When we we starting to get tired from travel and carrying luggage, we looked up and we were not even HALF WAY done.  That was the moment when we realized how enormous the impact was.

Just when we thought we were just 2 insignificant people in the face of tragedy, we turned around…and we saw a string of lights, our candles.  It was somehow beautiful, symbolizing how we are all connected, that we can ALL do SOMETHING.

This is for all of the first responders and the immediate teams that form in events like these that help everyone get through an event like this.  That teamwork is the true and authentic teamwork that I believe is key to the human spirit.  With this post, we celebrate you.

I think Jason Aldean said it best, “Our spirit is unbreakable.”

 

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