The Las Vegas Community Healing Garden in downtown Las Vegas is a step closer to a becoming a more permanent fixture.
Monday morning, volunteers took down the 1 October memorial to make room to build new one.
Organizers said they know how special the remembrance wall is, so they’ll be keeping it at the garden during the construction, but moving it to a different area.
In a matter of hours, volunteers dismantled the 1 October remembrance wall at the Healing Garden to make the move. It was done with attention to detail. Carefully removing items that honor the 58 people killed.
Some volunteers, like Daniel Rosales, are survivors themselves.
“When I’m having a bad day, this is where I come. This is where I hang out. I’ll sit right here for hours,” Rosales said.
He knew one of the victims who did not survive — Rocio Guillen Rocha.
She was planning a wedding and left behind four children, including a baby.
“It means a whole lot, it means a whole lot,” he said.
The committee for the garden raised about $135,000 for a permanent memorial, which will have the same feel, and include a water feature. Construction will begin soon so it can open before the one-year mark.
“It’s five different panels and they keep stepping up in elevation,” said Jessica Anderson, Get Outdoors Nevada. “I think our highest one is about 16 feet.”
“We’re just grateful that we’re here today,” said Kim Moser, another survivor who also came out to lend a hand.
“There’s a huge presence here. It’s letting us know that they’re with us and we’re with them and they’re not forgotten,” she said.
It’s taken a whole community to get this going.
The committee says even some companies pitched in with resources of their own.