It’s been one year since the darkest day in Orlando City’s history. Today, and every day, our community remembers the 49 innocent lives taken and vow to continue to support the victims’ families and the survivors.
The tragedy at Pulse deeply impacted our LGBTQ, Latino and other communities of color and our entire City. And since the morning of June 12, 2016, our community has come together to support and love the survivors, victims’ families and our first responders in so many ways.
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The City of Orlando and Orange County Government, in collaboration with Pulse, have jointly designated June 12, 2017, as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” June 12 will be dedicated to honoring the memory of the 49 innocent Pulse victims, supporting survivors and recognizing the compassion and love that was displayed by the Central Florida community following the tragedy.
Together as a Community
To remember the victims and honor the survivors, a number of community events and activities will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017.
The Orange County History Center
Public Gallery Display
The Expanded One Orlando Collection and Digital Gallery
10a.m. – 7 p.m.
The expanded One Orlando Collection and Digital Gallery includes images of individual items collected at the Pulse memorial sites in their current state in preservation. Curated pieces from the One Orlando Collection will feature community artwork and international support that was received following the tragedy. The Gallery Display is available for viewing from June 12 through June 17. Admission is free.
The Orange County Administration Center
Unveiling of the Sea-to-Sea Flag
At the direction and request of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Section 93 of the legendary Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag was originally displayed on June 17, 2016, at the Orange County Administration Building, in tribute to the lives taken at Pulse and in support of freedom lovers worldwide. The Sea-to-Sea Flag, which is also known as “The Sacred Cloth,” has become a globally-recognized symbol of the LGBTQ movement, symbolizing acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion.
A blood mobile will be available from 9 am – 2 pm at county administration to allow people to donate blood. Additionally, multi-colored ribbons will be available to write on in order to share a memory of how June 12th impacted individuals or to write a name of a loved one and then tie the ribbon on a tree.
Pulse artwork can be viewed on the first floor atrium of county administration.
Public Community Gathering
Reflections and Remembrance
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Throughout the day, members of the community are welcome to visit Pulse Nightclub to honor the legacies of the 49 victims, their families and the survivors. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be a ceremony including various community speakers, reflective prayers, a reading of the 49 names, a display of 49 wreaths and music by Violectric. The Inspiration Orlando mural, our Angel Force, Hang-a-Heart, Stars of Hope and comfort dogs will be present.
Lake Eola Park Amphitheater
Orlando Love: Remembering Our Angels
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan and other community leaders and elected officials will hold a one-year remembrance ceremony at Lake Eola Park. The ceremony, Orlando Love: Remembering Our Angels, will include remarks by community leaders, musical performances by Olga Tañón and Sisaundra Lewis along with a memorial reading of the 49 names of those who were taken during the June 12 tragedy.
Public Community Gathering
Moments of Hope and Healing
10 p.m. – midnight
At 10 p.m., the community is invited to conclude the evening with a series of prayer, live music, inspirational dance and reflection.
Orlando United Day
Orlando United Day is an opportunity to join with others in Acts of Love and Kindness to continue the unity that followed the tragedy. Engaging in these activities on June 12 is a respectful and loving way to remember and honor the lives of those taken and to show compassion to those who need support.