Elected officials announced earlier this week that the anniversary of the massacre at Pulse nightclub will be dedicated as Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.
49 people were murdered in the worst mass shooting in US history when a gunman opened fire at the packed queer hotspot on a Saturday night. Dozens more were injured.
With the dedication, officials also announced a series of events that will take place throughout the day on June 12.
Associate Press reports: “An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center, followed by a memorial service at the site of the former gay nightclub. Another memorial ceremony will be held in the evening around downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola.”
From the Orlando United Day website:
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.
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. At 10 p.m., the community is invited to conclude the evening with a series of prayer, live music, inspirational dance and reflection.