It is “the” Las Vegas sign. The image was designed in 1959, by Betty Willis, who declined to hold the copyright, as she felt it was a gift to the city; thus it has been photographed by amateur and professional alike, and graced everything from magnets, yes, I have one, to t-shirts and mugs.
Located on Las Vegas Boulevard South, in the median, now with ample parking for tourist, who want to stop and take a picture, or locals who are marking a moment of importance – like a wedding, it should be a place of merriment, where you stand in line to wait your turn to take a picture, and chat with those around you about the silly things strangers talk about when on vacation or celebrating a milestone.
Sadly, the area around the sign, has become a place of grieving, as we try to deal with the evil attack, on innocent concert goers, by a mad man, whose name I shall not publish.
To honor each of the victims of the 1 October, 2017, shooting, Mr. Greg Zanis has erected 58 crosses – video at the link below.
While I grieve with my nation, and continue to pray for all of those directly impacted by this needless tragedy, I am also going to remember Las Vegas, as the place I got to see Dean Martin live, just because I told my Father that I wanted to, and he said let’s go!
Las Vegas will not be defined by this tragedy nor will our nation. I know that it has been a season of sorrow, and for many of us our resources have been stretched trying to help so many in need, so until I am given a better suggestion, may I also urge you to keep praying.