El Paso’s famed Star on the Mountain to flash 23 times Monday night in honor of Aug. 3 victims

El Paso Strong

In this May 7, 2020, photo, an “El Paso Strong” mural is seen at night in El Paso, Texas. Gabe Vasquez and Justin Martinez painted the mural in August after the mass shooting at a Walmart on that killed 23 people. The star painted in the mural’s letters can be seen in the background on the southern slope of the Franklin Mountains. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — The star on the Franklin Mountains in El Paso will flash 23 times, in 10-second intervals, in honor of the 23 victims who were gunned down on Aug. 3, 2019, at the Walmart store located near Cielo Vista Mall, the El Paso Chamber of Commerce announced.

The special tribute will take place at 9 p.m.

The city of El Paso is hosting a series of events in For the one year anniversary of the Aug. 3 mass shooting.

The public is encouraged to upload pictures, art, and stories on social media using the hashtags #elpasostrong and #atimetoremember starting July 30 until Aug. 3.

The community is invited to reflect on the one-year anniversary and remember the lives lost by participating in the following virtual and in-person events:

July 30 to Aug. 3

  • “A Time to Remember” – The public can upload pictures, art, and stories on social media using the hashtags #elpasostrong and #atimetoremember
  • Testimonial videos from First Responders and words of encouragement by area leaders will air on the City and Museum of History Facebook page

July 31 to Aug. 3

  • The El Paso Museum of History will show a commemorative video on the digital wall outside of the museum 
  • The public can submit pictures and memories for the Digital Wall at www.digie.org

August 2 to Aug. 15

  • Public art on Interstate 10, along Airway and at the airport will be lit orange in honor of the victims (Orange represents the national color for gun violence)

Aug. 3

  • The public can visit Ponder Park all day to place a commemorative orange ribbon in remembrance of the victims
  • The community can show support by placing an orange ribbon on their front door

Notable Memorials:

  • Names of victims to be added to Crime Victims Memorial at Yucca Park
  • Commemorative billboard on Interstate 10 (Airway and Geronimo) July 27 to Aug. 23
  • Starting at 9 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3 the El Paso Chamber will flash the Star on the Mountain 23 times, in 10-second intervals, in honor of the 23 victims.

More information on those activities is available at www.elpasounited.org/loveforelpaso.

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