A variety of commemorative events are planned in Las Vegas to honor victims and survivors of the 9/11 attacks and affirm our common cause as Americans.
Many of the events, coordinated by 9/11 Remembrance, will be downtown. At 8 p.m. Sept. 9, a replica of the Tribute in Light, the light beams that shone at Ground Zero after the attacks, will be lit atop the Fremont Street Experience garage. Three memorial races—a motorcycle run, one-mile and 9.11K walks and a 91.1K bicycle ride (that’s 56 miles)—will take place on Sept. 10, as well as a rodeo and equestrian events throughout the day at Horseman Park.
On Sept. 11, a Heroes Parade will begin on Fourth Street downtown at 5:46 a.m., timed with other events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The parade will include first responders and members of the military.
Participation fees and other donations will aid several organizations, including the Wounded Warrior Project, which provides mental health support, education and job training to wounded service members; and the Universal Solutions 9/11 Survivors Fund, which assists survivors with medical care and bills.
UNLV also has several events planned. Throughout the day on Sept. 8, 120 U.S. flags (each one representing 25 people who died in the attacks) and 13 international flags will be displayed at the north end of the academic mall. At 9 a.m., a wreath-laying ceremony will honor those who died. As part of student government’s Voice Series, experts from UNLV’s Institute for Security Studies, the ACLU of Nevada and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will gather at the UNLV Foundations Building at 4 p.m. to discuss the ongoing political and legal impacts of 9/11.
On Sept. 9, UNLV graduate Troy Gillett will dedicate Common Thread outside the Lied Library. The sculpture incorporates the T-shirts that thousands of well-wishers brought to the New York-New York hotel-casino within days of the attacks.