Almost two years after the Pulse night shooting that took 49 lives, a temporary memorial opened on Tuesday in Orlando. The Pulse Interim Memorial put by the onePulse Foundation stands in place of the former club with an updated sign and new fence adorned with plaques and memorials of the victims surrounds the building. It also commemorates the days following the shooting and honors the survivors, families of victims, first responders, and vigils that were held. The fountain that was destroyed by gunfire during the incident was also restored.
The onePulse Foundation gathered with all impacted by that fateful June 12 day in 2016 Tuesday afternoon in an opening ceremony to honor the victims and open the interim memorial to the public. The hope for the foundation is that the place will be a place of commemoration and reflection.
The search for an architect to design the permanent memorial and museum will start in July.
— City of Orlando Wears a Mask to Save Lives 😷 (@citybeautiful) May 9, 2018
Nearly two years after #Pulse, I'm proud of the work done by so many in our community to move us towards healing, restoration, and remembrance. A special thank you to Barbara Poma of @onePULSEorg, and everyone else who made the Interim Memorial a reality. #OrlandoStrong pic.twitter.com/JsvSr6z6KF
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) May 8, 2018
Our community came together with @onePULSEorg, Barbara Poma, the LGBTQ, Latinx and Hispanic community for the unveiling of the interim #Pulse memorial, dedicated to honoring the legacies of the 49 innocent victims, their families and survivors. #WeWillNotLetHateWin 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/iz4Nuy87hr
— Archive: Former Mayor Teresa Jacobs (@Mayor_Jacobs) May 9, 2018