Las Vegas – bright lights went dark for three minutes while the names were read by 58 people tragically killed in a shootout.

The city of Nevada muted its lights on Monday night as a sign of respect for the dozens of people killed a year ago in America's deadliest shots of modern history.

The names were read to a crowd shortly after 10:05 pm, almost exactly 12 months earlier, when an armed man in the tower suite of the Mandalay Bay casino resort fired at a concert event at a crowd of 22,000.

The ceremony ended with a bleak day of events that brought together the survivors and family members of the victims of last year's Country Music Festival.

Hundreds of survivors met on Monday night (AP)

Jane Matusz from San Diego, who attended the festival with friends, said that memories of filming returned in 2017 as she participated in commemorative events.

"It is very comforting to be with other survivors (and) family members," she said. "It's a very strange club to be a part of."

Hours before, the families of the victims, the survivors, and the elected officials had celebrated the anniversary of the tragedy by placing roses on a tribute wall and consecrating a memorial garden in the city center.

The inauguration ceremony attracted at least 200 people, including former US MP Gabby Giffords of Arizona, who himself had survived a 2011 mass shooting.

Many casinos dimm their lights in respect (REUTERS)

The garden with a tree for each of the 58 victims and an oak representing life is the only permanent public space created as a memorial to the shooting.

It was built by volunteers and was created a few days after the shoot as a community response to the burning violence, according to the co-author of the project.

Jay Pleggenkuhle said, "We've pushed back with a very deliberate act of compassion."

Las Vegas started the tributes Monday with a sunrise ceremony where a flock of pigeons were released, with each bird wearing a leg band with the name of one of 58 people killed.

Nevada Attorney General and Republican Governor candidate Adam Laxalt puts a rose on the wall during the ceremony (EPA)

"Today we remember the unforgettable, today we comfort the inconsolable," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval of the crowd.

He added, "Today we are reminded of the pain that never really disappears."

The venue, which became a battleground, has not been used since the shooting. MGM Resorts International, the owner of the property and Mandalay Bay Hotel, has not said if or when it will be reopened.

On Monday night, hundreds of survivors of the shootout formed a human chain around the shutters and joined arms and hands to show solidarity. Nearby, a group of pickup trucks with American flags flying from their truck beds drove onto the Strip while they honked their horns.

Additional reporting from Associated Press



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