Following the massacre that took place in Las Vegas on the evening of October 1, the hashtag #VegasStrong has been circulating as a demonstration of worldwide support. The message was particularly emphasized the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 3 as the marquees of the Las Vegas strip displayed the following message from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. “We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now. #VegasStrong.” Their signs paired these moving words with an image of the iconic strip.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter shared a powerful statement on Monday, October 2, saying:
“The thoughts and prayers of all of Las Vegas go out to the victims and their families. This was a horrific, yet isolated, incident. At this time, it is important to allow the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police to conclude their investigation into the incident and to attend to the needs of the victims and their families. Las Vegas is a strong community that will work through this tragic incident. We are grateful beyond words to our incomparable law enforcement, first responders and everyone who continues to help victims and their families.”
Since the mass shooting, The Strip has been striving to aid the local community. They have also expressed tremendous gratitude for the help and encouragement coming from all over the world.
The #VegasStrong message continues to circulate widely today, three days after the attack. These messages urge donations, extend support and offer solidarity. Here are some firsthand accounts of the unity from The Strip and beyond.
— LVMPD EAC (@LVMPDEAC) October 4, 2017
— Catherine Snyder (@catherinecritz) October 4, 2017
— Nashville Tennessee (@visitmusiccity) October 2, 2017
— Tyler Slauson (@tslauson) October 2, 2017
— Barry White (@BWhiteOnline) October 4, 2017