Victims of fatal car accidents were remembered by friends and family on Sunday, Nov. 20 in Las Vegas’s first participation in World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR).

WDR, observed on the third Sunday of November, is an annual day of observance to mourn those who have been killed in traffic accidents and thank first responders for their work.

The event originated in 1995 under the direction of the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (FEVR) as the European Day of Remembrance. The title was later changed to World Day of Remembrance after the inclusion of non-governmental organizations from Africa, Asia, and South America.

The event soon gained global support and recognition from religious and political organizations. In 2000, Pope John Paul II offered WDR the official support of the Catholic Church. The United Nations (UN) later adopted WDR in 2005 as an international day of observance.

The WDR ceremony in Las Vegas allowed victims’ family members and love