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After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a spontaneous outpouring of caring and concern happened at the New York, New York resort. Tourists and locals left hundreds of personal mementos, notes, photos, and other remembrances in front of the resort in reaction to the attacks. Instead of disposing of them, the resort handed them over to the Special Collections Department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where they are being preserved. The resort also built a permanent memorial at the base of the replica Statue of Liberty, where the items are displayed. The display is changed often to show the variety of items people left to remember the victims of the attack. This is the Tribute to Heroes, and it is one of the most moving displays in Vegas.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|