Jason Aldean and More Mark Two Year Anniversary of Route 91 Tragedy

The country music family remembers the victims.

Written by Chris Parton
Jason Aldean and More Mark Two Year Anniversary of Route 91 Tragedy
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 17: Jason Aldean performs during the Nashville Songwriters Awards 2019 at Ryman Auditorium on September 17, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

Today (October 1) marks the two-year anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival tragedy in Las Vegas, and superstar Jason Aldean is keeping the victims in his thoughts.

Posting an image of the Route 91 logo with angel wings to his Instagram account, the hit maker — who was onstage when the largest mass shooting in U.S. history took place — said simply that he will never forget those who who were there with him. “This will always be a tough day for us,” Aldean wrote. “Not a day goes by that we don’t think about our @route91harvest family.”

Fifty-eight people were murdered and 422 more were wounded that night in 2017, when a lone gunman began firing into the Route 91 crowd from 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Hotel. Aldean’s wife, Brittney, was also at the festival, and joined her husband in remembering the victims today.

“This day will always be a tragic memory,” she wrote in a caption of her and Aldean arm in arm, looking out to Mandalay Bay in the distance. “Always in our thoughts and prayers #route91family.”

Country singer Chris Young was in attendance at the festival that night as well, and posted a similar message of remembrance to his fans, while Aaron Watson — who was not on the event’s 2017 bill but had played there in the years proceeding it — offered a moving video to go with his song “58,” a 58-second tribute to those who perished.

Of course, it’s not just country stars who are keeping the Route 91 victims in their hearts today. Las Vegas officials have placed 58 crosses on the Las Vegas Strip near the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, and a memorial service will be held tonight with the names of each victim being read aloud. Determined to fight back against terror and violence, organizers plans to bring Route 91 back, but no official details have yet been announced.