El Paso Strong memorial planned for Wednesday at Chihuahuas’

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The City of El Paso is planning a memorial service Wednesday at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas.

The memorial was announced Thursday morning at a special City Council meeting.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 14 and it will be free until capacity is reached, but it will also be broadcast inside the Convention Center, the Abraham Chavez Theater, Plaza Theater, Cleveland Square and Ponder Park.

Water will be available for the public and restrooms will be open in the Museum of History, Library and the Sun Metro Terminal.

The El Paso Streetcars will be free to the public and parking will be free through Downtown and Uptown, including parking meters and garages.

“El Paso is resilient and our region is going to come together to show that we will not be defined by this act of violence, but rather by our outpouring of love,” Mayor Dee Margo said. “This memorial gathering will allow our entire region to unite in support of those injured, and mourn those who have lost their lives.”

Event Itinerary

  • Master of Ceremonies Rick Cabrera
  • 1ST Armored Division Band – Tribute video in background
  • Color Guard + National Anthem performed by Deniese Baisley
  • Invocation – The Most Reverent Bishop Mark J. Seitz
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico – Undersecretary for North America, Jesus Seade
  • Governor of Chihuahua, Javier Corral
  • Mayor of Juarez, Armando Cabada
  • Mayor of El Paso, Dee Margo
  • Prayer before names – Pastor Mike Wood
  • Reading of the names
  • Closing prayer – Rabbi Scott Rosenberg
  • EPFD Bagpipes – Amazing Grace
  • Mariachi Alegre – Amor Eterno

What to know about the service

Several temporary street closures will begin at 5 p.m. near the memorial sites. Motorists are encouraged to avoid street closures. Appropriate traffic control measures will be in place to guide the traveling public.

Downtown Street Closures:

  • Santa Fe Street between Wyoming Avenue and San Antonio Avenue
  • Missouri Avenue between Durango Street and El Paso Street
  • W. Franklin Avenue between Santa Fe Street and El Paso Street

Ponder Park Street Closures:

  • Viscount Boulevard (one lane closed in each direction) from Sunmount to Bellrose Drive
  • WH Burges Drive from Ash Lane to Sun Mount Drive
  • Juniper Street from Edgemere Boulevard to WH Burges Drive
  • Catalpa Lane from WH Burges Drive to Viscount Boulevard

Memorial Sites

  • Doors will open at 6 p.m. at Southwest University Park, located at E. Franklin Avenue and Santa Fe Street. The public is encouraged to arrive no more than one hour prior to the doors opening. The memorial program will be simulcast live at three satellite sites to accommodate all who wish to participate.
  • Live simulcasts will be at the Convention Center, at Santa Fe Street and San Antonio Avenue; at Cleveland Square Park, at Santa Fe Street and Franklin Avenue; and at Ponder Park, at 7500 W.H. Burges Drive.

Parking/Transportation

  • Free parking provided at all metered parking spaces and at various parking garages located in Uptown and Downtown. Sun Metro will provide free transportation for people who park in uptown or at Glory Road.
  • At Ponder Park, the public may park in nearby GECU parking lot or on-street parking spaces.

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