The Cielo Vista Walmart in El Paso, Texas, site of an Aug. 3 shooting that killed 22 people, reopened this morning. Walmart will build a permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of the tragedy.
The focal point of the memorial will be a Grand Candela—22 individual perforated aluminum arcs grouped together into one, single 30-ft. candela symbolizing unity and emanating light into the sky.
The Grand Candela will be the anchor of a plaza built on the south side of the store’s parking lot. To give the plaza a defined sense of place, it will be enclosed by decorative metal fencing and landscaped with native and adaptive plants.
“We are grateful to be part of such an incredible community that when faced with tragedy has responded with unity, compassion and love,” said Todd Peterson, Walmart VP and regional GM. “As the store resumes retail operations, we remain focused on honoring the victims and survivors. The 30-ft. high Grand Candela will stand as a tribute to each of the lives lost on Aug. 3 and a testament to the light of hope that radiates from the El Paso community.”
The company has begun work on the foundation needed to support the 30-ft. structure and expects construction of the memorial to take approximately four to six weeks.
Walmart operates 590 retail units in Texas that employ more than 160,000 associates. In fiscal 19, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation contributed more than $117.4 million in cash and in-kind donations to nonprofits in Texas.