In stirring Las Vegas groundbreaking ceremony, Raiders rise up for those lost

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 02:26:52 PM. The NFL team in a most elegant and respectful manner on Monday fused the most tragic of moments in the town’s history with what is one of its most celebrated and significant.
In the darkness shone 58 rays of light pointed toward the heavens, the backdrop a stunning portrait of a city slowly moving forward but never forgetting, a beautiful voice reminding all those watching that when you’re broken and tired, when it’s getting hard to breathe and you feel like dying, you have the power to rise up and move mountains. That, as the song goes, all we need is hope, and for that we have each other. The stadium in which the Raiders will call home here won’t be completed until 2020, and yet already the NFL team has merged with Las Vegas in a way no one could have imagined. That, as the song goes, we’ll rise like the waves, we’ll rise up, in spite of the ache. The team in a most elegant and respectful manner on Monday fused the most tragic of moments in the town’s history with what is one of its most celebrated and significant, honoring those 58 killed at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival while also officially breaking ground on its 65,000-seat domed stadium. Behind a stage where singer-songwriter Judith Hill so majestically sang “Rise Up” to open the ceremony, where such notables as team owner Mark Davis and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval spoke, where shovels of dirt were held aloft by politicians and other folks wearing silver hard hats, were those rays of light shooting from the earth. “I wasn’t aware that was going to happen, but it shows you the class of the organization to honor those victims,” Sandoval said....Read more
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