MGM Resorts Donates Land To Create A Permanent Route 91 Harvest Memorial

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We all remember that horrible night in 2017, when a lone gunman opened fire on Route 91 Harvest Festival as Jason Aldean took the stage.

In just a matter of minutes, it became the deadliest mass shooting we’ve ever seen here in the United States.

Now, MGM Resorts International is honoring those who lost their lives by donating part of the property as a memorial to those individuals.

The casino company noted that the creation of the memorial vital to healing the community, according to AP News.

The committee also sent out a poll online to submit opinions on the design, however more than 65% of 6,000 responses were in favor of a permanent memorial.

58 people passed away at the Route 91 Harvest Festival and nearly a thousand others were injured. The lone gunman turned the gun on himself before the cops got to his hotel room, and to this day, it still remains unclear what his motive was.

MGM Resorts said that two acres of the 15 acre concert site will be used for the memorial, next to the Shrine of the Most Holy Redeemer.

Shortly after the shooting, the Friday night headliner, Eric Church, was set to play the Grand Ole Opry, and although he wasn’t looking forward to even performing that night, he debuted one of the most powerful songs we’ve heard in recent memory.

Dedicated to Sonny Melton (who had tickets to see Eric at the Opry that night) and the rest of the victims of the shooting, it was titled, “Why Not Me.”

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock