El Paso Walmart shooting: Events honor victims on 2nd anniversary of Aug. 3 tragedy

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El Paso Times

Ceremonies, memorials and observances are taking place in remembrance of the second anniversary of the El Paso Walmart attack of Aug. 3, 2019. 

Here is a list of some events:

Jefferson High tree planting ceremony

Jefferson High tree planting ceremony — 8 a.m. Friday, July 30, at Jefferson High School, 4700 Alameda Ave. The Jefferson football team, teachers and students will plant 23 donated trees in memory of each of the victims in a lot south of the football field that previously was filled with brush. One tree that is different will honor Arturo Benavidez, a victim who was a proud Jefferson alumnus. 

San Elizario tree planting ceremony

San Elizario tree planting ceremony — 9 a.m. Friday, July 30, at Alarcon Park, 12501 Socorro Road in San Elizario. The San Elizario Independent School District has a tree planting ceremony as part of a month of unity and healing.

Adrian Arvizo lights luminarias for the luminaria remembrance drive-thru at Ascarate Park last year at the one-year mark of El Paso mass shooting of Aug. 3, 2019.

Aug. 3 Remembrance luminaria drive-thru 

Aug. 3 Remembrance luminaria drive-thru — 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, in Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive. About 10,000 luminarias and live music will honor the lives lost. The floral silhouette victim tributes will not be part of this year's event.


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Healing Together with Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe

Healing Together with Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe — 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at La Fe Culture and Technology Center, 721 S. Ochoa St. (rear building). An evening in memory of the 23 lives lost. Cultural arts performances by Matachines de San Ignacio de Loyola, Ballet Folklorico Totec de La Fe and Mariachi Real Azteca, poetry readings by Benjamin Alire Saenz and Gris Muñoz.

Information: 915-534-7979

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Danza Azteca during the El Paso Firme and Border Network for Human Rights march to the original Walmart memorial site on Aug. 3, 2020,  during the first anniversary of the racist mass shooting in El Paso.

#ElPasoFirme Community Memorial

#ElPasoFirme Community Memorial — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Ponder Park, 7500 W.H. Burges Drive. The Border Network for Human Rights hosts a remembrance and a call to action against white supremacy, racism and xenophobia. El Paso Catholic Bishop Mark J. Seitz, Pastor Michael E. Grady and U.S. Rep. Veronica Escobar among participants.

Unveiling of El Paso County Healing Garden 

Unveiling of El Paso County Healing Garden —  7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, in Ascarate Park. Victims' families, civil rights leader Dolores Huerta and others will attend the dedication ceremony of the Healing Garden in honor of the victim. Event closed to the public.

How to watch: The ceremony will be livestreamed on El Paso County's YouTube channel

Events continue below.

Unite with light

Unite with light — At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. El Pasoans are encouraged to illuminate front yards, porches and windows with luminarias, candles and decorative lights in a sign of unity.

Luminarias at Ponder Park

Luminarias at Ponder Park — 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. in Ponder Park, 7500 W.H. Burges Drive. Luminarias will be displayed, an El Paso Symphony Orchestra quintet will perform and visitors will be given orange ribbons to tie as the temporary memorial at the park.

Star on the Mountain memorial 

Star on the Mountain memorial — At 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3. El Paso's iconic lighted Star on the Mountain will flash 23 times for each of the victims in this memorial act by the El Paso Chamber. Mayor Oscar Leeser will read each victim's name in the parking lot of Superior Copy Machines, 2001 Grant Ave.

Orange lights

Public art lighting — The decorative lights on Interstate 10 and Airway Boulevard will be illuminated in orange Aug. 2-16 in remembrance of the victims of the mass shooting. El Paso International Airport's terminal and landscaping lights also will be orange until Aug. 16.

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