It’s been almost a year since the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando became the center of a mass shooting that killed 49 people and hurt more than 60. Floridians around the state are remembering the 49 victims and commemorating the 1-year anniversary in various ways.
“Orlando Love – Remembering Our Angels” Event
The city of Orlando created the “Orlando Love – Remembering Our Angels” event to remember the victims of the Pulse nightclub on June 12th, the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
“What happened at Pulse was the darkest day in our city’s history, and we continue to grieve for the victims and to fight for those who are still suffering,” Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said in a statement. “This June 12th, our entire LGBTQ community needs to stand together and to continue to show that we are a strong, united city that responds with love.”
The Orlando Love event will take place at the city’s Lake Eola park on the night of June 12th. There will be performances by Orlando-based artists such as the Orlando Gay Chorus as well as the Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums. Pulse Owner Barbara Poma and Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer will be speaking at the event to commemorate the 1-year anniversary of the nightclub shooting.
Orlando intended to commemorate the event by purchasing the nightclub for $2.25 million and by turning it into a memorial for the victims. However, the club’s owner Poma decided not to sell but rather to convert it into a “sanctuary of hope.” “I intend to create a space for everyone, a sanctuary of hope, and a welcoming area to remember all those affected by the tragedy,” Barbara Poma says.
VoiceOnyx Supporting The Cause
VoiceOnyx is proud to partner in the nationwide commemoration of the Pulse massacre. “Orlando is our hometown and we applaud GoFundMe and Equality Florida for coming together to remember June 12th, 2016. We encourage our businesses and community members to join the cause,” says Edward Warren from VoiceOnyx.