Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 | 2 a.m.
The city that slain Metro Police Officer Charleston Hartfield served and protected will pay tribute to him ahead of his funeral service today.
Resorts and businesses along Las Vegas Boulevard and throughout the valley will display a message on their digital marquees, “We Stand Strong With Officer Charleston Hartfield,” from 9 a.m. to noon.
Hartfield, 34, was off duty during the attack at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on Oct. 1. He was one of 58 people killed by a gunman who opened fire from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay. The attack also injured more than 500.
The tribute coincides with Hartfield’s funeral service, to be held at Central Christian Church, 1001 New Beginnings Drive, in Henderson from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A 16-year Army veteran, Hartfield served in Iraq before beginning his 11-year law enforcement career.
Hartfield, the recently published author of “Memoirs of a Public Servant,” died trying to save others during the attack.
Two motorcades are part of Hartfield’s funeral procession. One will be from Palm Mortuary downtown on North Main Street to Central Christian Church in the morning. The other will be from the church to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City in the afternoon.
The morning motorcade will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will travel on southbound Main Street to Washington Avenue and then to Las Vegas Boulevard. It will proceed on the Las Vegas Strip past the site of the shooting and then continue on eastbound 215 Beltway and northbound U.S. 95 to East Russell Road to the church.
After the service concludes at about 1 p.m., the motorcade will proceed on Russell Road to southbound U.S. 95 to Veterans Memorial Drive and Buchanan Avenue to the cemetery.
The graveside service is expected to last about one hour and will involve the traditional rendering of honors, including the presentation of a flag to the family, the playing of taps and bagpipes and a flyover by the Metro Police Air Support Section.