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Submission #95

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The tragic events of 1 October are very personal to me. At the time, I was working security within one of the infamous Las Vegas Hotel & Casinos. I now work security at Mandalay Bay and can say it’s very personal. I experienced a lot of the behind the scenes stuff with first responders and victims alike. This event has affected me in many ways and will continue to be notable to me in my life. Continuing to work within security and become a first responder myself, aware of mass casualty events and the impact they have had and will continue to have is important to me. When this tragic event unfolded I saw the pain and suffering, but I also saw the resilience of our community and what makes being a resident of Las Vegas so good. We came together and we’re Vegas Strong. We continue to be Vegas Stronger, allowing this event to guide us and not define us. The memorial idea I have plays tribute to the iconic neon lights of Las Vegas by implementing a 25ft tall sign that is a re-imagining of the 58 crosses the late and beloved Greg Zanis built immediately preceding the shooting. The heart displays “Vegas Strong” on the front side in white led. The date “1 October” and “2017” are also presented on the front in orange led. The main focal point is the heart, outlined in 58 bulbs representing each victim. The base includes a small “route 91” emblem. The rear of the sign pays tribute to each victim by listing their names alphabetically. I also would like to pay tribute to Greg Zanis who was kind enough to build the first memorial cross for these victims and their families by listing his name on the bottom, rear of the sign. This idea j have shows the original memorial but is more personalized to include the victims, cross builder, and implement lights that is what Vegas is known for. I think my idea will be a sign that people will love to come and see, take photos with and pay their respects at. I believe it is designed in a respectful yet attractive manner.

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