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Remembering Senator Harry Reid —1939-2021

January 22, 2022 by  
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Las Vegas Black Image Magazine would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Senator Harry Reid, who died on December 28 and will be greatly missed by so many people here in the Silver State and across the world. We will always be grateful for the support and love he gave to all Nevadans throughout his remarkable life and distinguished career.

At the recent renaming of Las Vegas’ international airport in his honor, Senator Reid was overcome with pride.

“For my whole life, I’ve been coming and going from McCarran Airport, since the first time I ever got on a plane, back in 1958. This airport has been my gateway to the world. During my 35 years in Washington, I was here a lot. Home means Nevada, and for me, the airport long ago became synonymous with home where I was born and grew up, and where Landra and I have happily raised our children. I love this state.”

Senator Reid’s closing statement at the airport renaming ceremony shows his love for the State of Nevada

“So, it’s the greatest of honors to have my name on this airport. I am grateful to Tick Segerblom, whose idea this was, and to the Clark County Commissioners, who voted to make this change. I also thank all my many forever friends who worked to secure this honor for me, and who generously contributed to the cost of rebranding the airport. No taxpayer dollars will be spent on these changes; all expenses will be covered by donations. That was important to me.”

Congressman Steven Horsford

“Senator Harry Reid was a real-life hero; a colossus of Nevada and national politics who defined what it means to live your life in service to others. Over his five decades of public service, he transformed the lives of millions, but never forgot his small-town roots in Searchlight. His legacy will live on through his work to expand affordable health care, protect immigrant communities, promote conservation, and better the lives of working families—but also through the countless people he inspired and communities that he lifted. He as a fighter until the very end. Senator Reid was a leader, a mentor and a true friend. Sonya and I are saddened to hear of his passing.”

Most importantly, I thank the people of Nevada for letting me serve. It has been the greatest privilege of my life.”

President Barack Obama

“You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect. I wouldn’t have been President had it not been for your encouragement and support, and I wouldn’t have got most of what I got done without your skill and determination. As different as we are, I think we both saw something of ourselves in each other — a couple of outsiders who had defied the odds and knew how to take a punch and cared about the little guy. And you know what, we made for a pretty good team. The world is better ‘cause of what you’ve done. Not bad for a skinny poor kid from Searchlight.”

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