Clark County’s 1 October Memorial Committee will hold its first public meeting at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Commission Chambers at the Government Center, 500 Grand Central Parkway, located in downtown Las Vegas.
The Clark County Commission appointed the seven-member committee to gather input from the public and develop recommendations for a permanent memorial in the Las Vegas Valley. The County’s goal is to create a memorial that remembers those who perished in the events of 1 October 2017, honors the survivors, first responders and everyday heroes who inspired the nation with their bravery, and celebrates the resiliency and compassion of our community.
“We are grateful to the members of this committee for contributing their time, talents and experiences to this important endeavor,” said Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson, whose commission district includes the grounds where the Route 91 festival was held and will offer welcoming remarks at the committee’s meeting. “The work ahead is going to be a journey for the committee members and for everyone who has been affected by the events of 1 October. Our hope is to create a memorial that honors those whose lives were lost, those who were injured, and those who responded to the scene to render aid. We also want to pay tribute to the community we showed ourselves to be in the face of such unspeakable violence. We came together to support the victims, their families and each other with all we had, and our efforts to help one another continue.”
The County Commission has asked the committee to develop recommendations for a permanent memorial that include a project design, site, programming and maintenance needs as well as funding solutions. Due to COVID-19 concerns, seating capacity in the Commission Chambers is limited to 48 people. An overflow area to view the meeting is available in the Pyramid Room, located on the first floor of the Government Center. The public also can watch the meeting on Clark County Television (CCTV) and online at www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live, and on the committee’s Facebook page @1OctoberMemorial.
“We want to encourage as much public participation in this process as possible,” said Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick. “We want to gather ideas and input from everyone who was impacted by 1 October including survivors, family members of victims, first responders and all of us who live in the Las Vegas Valley. The events of 1 October had a huge impact on our community and there is no rush to the finish line with this project. We want to do it right, so we create something that is lasting.”
The meeting agenda for the 1 October Memorial Committee’s first meeting is posted on its website pages at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/1OctoberMemorial. Committee meetings are scheduled to be held at 9 a.m. in the Commission Chambers the fourth Wednesday of each month. All committee meetings will be carried live on CCTV, online and on social media. Additional town hall meetings may take place on different days and times. The public can sign up for email updates through the committee’s website pages. Surveys and other information will be posted on the website in addition to the committee’s Facebook page. General comments or inquiries about the committee’s work can be emailed to 1OctoberMemorial@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
Four members of the 1 October Memorial Committee were recommended for appointment by Gov. Steve Sisolak: Karessa Royce, a 1 October survivor; Mynda Smith, the sister of 1 October Victim Neysa Tonks; Tennille Pereira, director of the County’s Vegas Strong Resiliency Center; and Andrew Walsh, a deputy chief for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department who responded to the scene of the 1 October attack. The County Commission appointed three members of the County’s Arts Committee to the panel: architect Dr. Robert Fielden, who established the UNLV School of Architecture; Rebecca Holden, public art project manager for the city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs; and Harold Bradford, a local artist and sign industry designer whose public art work can be seen at the D gates at McCarran International Airport. Punam Mathur, a well-respected community leader and consultant, will facilitate committee meetings, while staff from Clark County’s Parks and Recreation Department and other departments will support the group’s activities.
Clark County Television is available in the Las Vegas area on Channel 4/1004 on Cox cable and on CenturyLink on Channels 4 and 1004 as well as in Laughlin on Channel 14 via Suddenlink. CCTV is also available in Boulder City on Channel 4 and in Moapa Valley on Digital Channel 50.3. It also streams continuously at www.youtube.com/user/ClarkCountyNV/live. ###
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 11th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to 2.3 million citizens and 45.6 million visitors a year (2019). Included are the nation’s 9th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The County also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to 1 million residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.