4 p.m. Aug. 1: This story has been updated to include additional events commemorating Aug. 3
A number of events are being held this week in remembrance of the Aug. 3, 2019, mass shooting at Walmart.
On Monday and Tuesday, District Attorney Yvonne Rosales will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the El Paso County Courthouse, 500 E. San Antonio Ave., in the Third Floor Lobby.
El Paso County: Day of Resilience
On Wednesday, the county of El Paso will have a Day of Resilience ceremony at 8 p.m. at the Healing Garden at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta Drive. A luminaria walk-thru at the park will take place from 6 to 10 p.m.
City of El Paso: Bell Toll, blood drive & exhibit
The city of El Paso is also hosting a series of events:
- A Memorial Bell Toll Ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 300 N. Campbell St., Main Conference Room, 2nd floor. The event will occur before the start of the City Council meeting and includes a moment of silence, followed by a reading of each victim’s name. Council members will take turns tolling a bell in remembrance of the 23 victims.
- A blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall.
- A healing meditation will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday at San Jacinto Plaza, 114 W. Mills Ave.
- The “Resilience: Remembering August 3” exhibit will be displayed from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the El Paso Museum of History, 510 N. Santa Fe St. The exhibit features items community members left at the makeshift memorial behind the Cielo Vista Walmart.
- Luminarias will be set up at Ponder Park, 7500 W.H. Burges Drive, from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday. The city is working to create a permanent memorial at the park, which is just north of the Walmart.
Border Network for Human Rights ‘El Paso Firme’
The Border Network for Human Rights will hold a procession on Wednesday with community members carrying large memorial crosses to represent each of the 23 people killed. The event, “El Paso Firme Community Memorial,” will begin at 9:15 a.m. at Ponder Park.
Elected officials, faith-based institutions and community advocates will participate in the memorial. The event will also include a call to action against gun violence, white supremacy, xenophobia and the anti-immigrant agenda, officials of the immigration reform and human rights advocacy organization said in a news release.
UTEP: Music and Mindfulness
The University of Texas at El Paso will host “Music and Mindfulness,” a free event open to the public starting at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens Amphitheater on campus.
A collaboration between El Paso ProMusica and Paso del Norte Mindfulness and Wellbeing, the event is sponsored by the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center of the United Way.
Memorial Blood Drive
Texas Sen. César J. Blanco and El Paso state Rep. Claudia Ordaz-Perez will host a Memorial Blood Drive at three Vitalant locations from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.
The locations include: 5675 Woodrow Bean/Transmountain Road in Northeast; 424 S. Mesa Hills Drive on the West Side; and 1338 N. Zaragoza Road on the East Side. Boxed lunches provided by Walmart will be available to all registered donors.
Donors are encouraged to register online: