The nation mourns today as we observe the 3rd anniversary of the tragic Pulse Nightclub shooting that left 49 dead and 50+ more injured.
Beginning at noon on Wednesday, bells were tolled 49 times in Orlando, Florida, to commemorate the life of each person who died in the deadly mass shooting.
CNN reports that during a memorial ceremony on Monday, Reps. Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings and Darren Soto shared their plans to sponsor landmark legislation, H.R. 3094. Soto said he would like to see the legislation pass by June 2020.
The local non-profit OnePulse Foundation would retain control of the design and construction, but the designation would make the monument eligible for federal funds as part of the National Park System. If passed, work to build a permanent memorial would begin by 2021.
In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, lone gunman Omar Mateen entered Pulse Nightclub and opened fire killing 49 people and injuring more than 50 more. During the crisis, Mateen told police he considered himself a soldier of ISIS.
At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Two years later, a temporary memorial in front of the nightclub.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on Tuesday commemorating June 12 as Pulse Remembrance Day, and directed all state flags in the state to be flown at half-mast from sunrise to sunset on Wednesday.
I remember #Pulse vividly. Cold sink water. Deafening gunshots. Tangy smell of blood & smoke. Our last hug.
June 12. 3 years. The message is the same. Don’t honor them with thoughts & prayers. Or hollow words. Or “we can’t fix it”.
— Brandon Wolf (@bjoewolf) June 12, 2019
it’s been three years since the pulse nightclub shooting. 49 lives were taken, many more were injured, & the city of orlando was changed forever. it was a direct attack against the LGBTQ+ & Latinx community. today, i hope we continue to #HonorThemWithAction. pic.twitter.com/m16KaU0OGd
— tyler oakley (@tyleroakley) June 12, 2019
Today, we remember the 49 lives that were taken three years ago at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL. We need to do more than give their families thoughts and prayers. We need to #HonorThemWithAction. pic.twitter.com/9e3Ye9Sk8C
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) June 12, 2019
It has been 1,095 days since this tragedy and we continue to urge our elected officials to pass commonsense gun violence protection measures. #HonorThemWithAction https://t.co/83r4xAbzUH pic.twitter.com/MLYd1MhiHj
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 12, 2019
Three years ago, an act of brutality & hate stole 49 beautiful souls at #Pulse Nightclub. We will never forget the darkness of that night – but neither will we forget our commitment to #HonorThemWithAction. pic.twitter.com/uio5UfOK0Z
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 12, 2019
When 49 people were murdered at Pulse three years ago, it was an attack on our LGBTQ+ and Latinx communities. Today I’m remembering the victims and their loved ones, and I promise to #HonorThemWithAction by continuing to fight for #GunReformNow. pic.twitter.com/bxrCRLx6bp
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 12, 2019
🕯 Today marks three years since the Pulse Nightclub massacre in Orlando. Our hearts are heavy but we will #HonorThemWithAction. #SayTheirNames and never forget the ones we've lost. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/nZ5VP0FPVq
— RuPaul's Drag Race (@RuPaulsDragRace) June 12, 2019
"Evil flows from peoples’ ability to see another human being as something other than a person; good comes from the ability to see and treasure another’s humanity as one’s own. That’s also called love, and love is going to win." #Pulsehttps://t.co/PLGf16Ig2K
— Aalok Kanani (@akanani) June 12, 2019
We remember the 49 lives lost to senseless gun violence and hate at the #Pulse nightclub in Orlando three years ago today. We must finally pass commonsense gun safety legislation, and continue the fight against hatred and bigotry in all its forms.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 12, 2019
Three years ago at #Pulse nightclub, we lost 49 lives to hate. I still hold the pain of this tragedy deep in my heart.
As president, I will end the NRA's reign & pass gun safety policy to save lives. We can—and we will—build a nation based on love & respect for one another.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) June 12, 2019