On October 1, 2017, 58 lives were tragically lost in the biggest mass shooting at our country has ever seen at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, once again casting our nation into mourning. They were mothers, fathers, teachers, husbands, nurses and friends, daughters, sons, nieces and nephews – people with families, just like us.
On October 2, 2017, landscapers Jay Pleggenkuhle and Daniel Perez went to work on what would become the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden. The city donated land, and one thousand plus volunteers showed up to do everything from shoveling dirt, planting 58 trees and painting rocks with names of lives lost and Angel Wings. The garden was formally dedicated later that week, and has since become a place of memorial, respite, remembrance and love for the entire nation to experience.