2-mile long lei delivered to memorial at Welcome to Las Vegas sign

A group of Hawaiians who now make their homes in Las Vegas or still live in the islands have brought the city's people a special lei braided with leaves from a sacred plant in a gesture they hope will bring peace and healing after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (KSNV)

A 2-mile long woven Ti-Leaf lei was delivered Saturday to the growing memorial to the shooting victims at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.

It was made by 500 volunteers from “Lei of Aloha for World Peace,” a Hawaii-based group.

Many tourists watched as the lei was wrapped around the 58 crosses that were made and donated by a retired carpenter from Chicago.

“I come from Orlando and I know the feeling of being in a city that is just overtaken by some senseless violence,” said Angela Migliore, who visited the Las Vegas Welcome Sign memorial.

Spiritual leader Lehua Kekahuna presided over the ceremony to present the lei.

Lei of Aloha feels a strong kinship with Las Vegas, which is often referred to as the “9th island,” according to a statement.

Migliore, who was close to the tragedy at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, says the Las Vegas shooting resurfaced difficult memories.

The same kind of feelings happened, that feeling of loss, deep, deep sense of grief, and that your life is not the same,” she said.

The welcome sign sits in the shadow of Mandalay Bay, where police say shooter Stephen Paddock took aim at concertgoers, from his 32nd floor suite.

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