An Open Letter To The People Of Las Vegas
To: The Las Vegas community
Subject: I am in awe of you.
Yesterday I returned from a wonderful trip to Las Vegas. I flew out of McCarran Airport the day before the recent tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival that has taken 59 lives and injured upwards of 500 people.
If you had asked me last week what I thought of the bucket list city, I would have praised its nightlife, incredible food, smorgasbord of entertainment and palpable excitement that filters through the main strip, all the way Downtown and out across the rust-coloured desert.
All of the above remains true, but in the aftermath of these senseless murders I am overcome with admiration for how the people of Las Vegas have come together in one of its darkest hours.
Your local law enforcement and first-responders on the scene acted quickly and protected the community from further harm.
Your festival-goers sprung to action, sheltering others and helping the wounded to safety.
You arrived in droves to donate blood in aid of those injured.
Your medical professionals have worked tirelessly and saved many.
You have since banded together in mourning and bolstered the weak with light.
I know I am not a member of the Las Vegas community. I am not even a US citizen.
But I am in awe of you.
It is my hope that this indelible strength in community will be what pulls you through this devastating time.
My thoughts are with the families of those lost and injured and with all the people of Las Vegas.
Viva Las Vegas, sincerely.