Orlando Remembers: Pulse Tragedy Memorial Events and Tributes

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Two years after the Pulse tragedy, Orlando is celebrating love and acceptance at commemorative events throughout the destination.

Updated June 2018

Exactly two years since the Pulse tragedy of 2016, the people of Orlando remember and honor the memories of the 49 innocent lives lost. In a city that opens its arms to millions of visitors from around the globe every year, we strive to spread love, kindness, acceptance and hospitality now more than ever. On June 12, numerous remembrances are scheduled to take place throughout the destination, and visitors and locals alike are welcome to attend.

Pulse Remembrance Public Events in Orlando

Pulse Memorial in Downtown Orlando
Pulse Memorial in Downtown Orlando

Ringing of the Bells: At 12 p.m., join a public gathering for the ringing of 49 bells, which will coincide with similar events at multiple churches around the world. Orlando's edition will take place at First United Methodist Church in downtown Orlando.

Annual Remembrance Ceremony — A Public Community Gathering: The onePULSE Foundation is hosting a public ceremony to honor the 49 angels, the survivors and the first responders of the Pulse tragedy. The event will take place at 7 p.m. at the Pulse Memorial, which is on the site of the former Pulse nightclub. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs are scheduled to attend. Parking and accessibility information is available at onePULSEFoundation.org.

Pulse Remembrance Public Engagement Opportunities in Orlando

Acts of Love and Kindness From One Orlando Alliance: The One Orlando Alliance — a coalition of more than 30 Orlando LGBTQ+ organizations — spearheads this event, which grew out of the spirit of giving and good deeds witnessed in the aftermath of the Pulse tragedy. Locals and visitors are encouraged to engage in volunteerism, share memories, and show support through acts of love and kindness. Furthermore, those participating are asked to post their stories on social media using the hashtag #ActLoveGive.

Prayer Ribbons Exhibition: Running through June 17 at Orlando City Hall Plaza, this exhibit features 49 ribbons, one for each of the lives taken at the Pulse. For more information, visit TheCompact.org.

Another Year Passes — Orlando After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre: Available at downtown Orlando's Orange County Regional History Center through Oct. 14, this exhibition explores the largely positive aftermath of the Pulse massacre. Furthermore, memorial crosses will be displayed through June 16, during which time admission to the center is free. The center is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Sea-to-Sea Flag and Art Exhibit: On June 12, the Orange County Administration Office in downtown Orlando will host a 25-foot section of the world's largest, eight-color, LGBTQ rainbow flag, which was constructed in Key West, Florida, in 2003. Also known as "The Sacred Cloth," it is a symbol of the worldwide LGBTQ movement for acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion.

Colonialtown Labyrinth: From sunup to sundown on June 12, Orlando's Colonialtown neighborhood, which is just east of downtown, will host this unique meditation labyrinth. Featuring the names of the Pulse victims, it's designed to help attendees achieve focus and release.

Inspiration Orlando United Mural: Created by local artists as a response to the Pulse tragedy, this mural features a visual narrative that depicts how courageous acts of compassion revealed Orlando's heart of love and kindness. It can be seen at 801 E. Washington Street on the exterior east wall of Burton's Bar in downtown Orlando.

Cover image: ICON Orlando lit up to honor the 49 victims of the Pulse tragedy

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