Lightsaber Memorials Honoring Carrie Fisher Occur Across the Country

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Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope. 

As people across the globe mourn the death of legendary actress Carrie Fisher -- who died at the age of 60 on Dec. 27 -- some fans have decided to honor her and her iconic role as Princess Leia by holding lightsaber vigils on Wednesday (Dec. 28) night.

Originating from the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, mourners were encouraged to “dress up as their favorite STAR WARS characters, bring along as many lightsabers as you own, and invite your fellow Wookiees, Bounty Hunters, Ewoks, and Stormtroopers.”

“That’s part of the role model of Princess Leia, is she’s a strong character for women and little girls now,” attendee Niki Powers told KXAN. “It’s incredibly sad that Carrie Fisher has passed away, but Princess Leia’s legacy will live on.”

Similar memorials have occurred across the country, including at Disneyland’s Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, CA.

“I decided to go ahead and make an event myself…” Jeff Rowan told The Hollywood Reporter. “In all honesty, The Empire Strikes Back was the first movie I ever went to see in the theater, and to this day, Star Wars has played a huge part in my life.”