Two years have passed since 49 lives were taken at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub in a horrifying act. Now, the city is trying to heal by honoring those who lives were lost.

On June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen opened fire on a crowd of 320 people, killing 49 and wounding 53. At the time it was the worst shooting in US history. Today Gov. Rick Scott has proclaimed June 12 as Pulse Remembrance Day.
People in Orlando, across the nation and around the world are taking time to
honor those lives lost and gather strength in their memories.

The first tribute occurred at 2:02 a.m. which is the exact time the shooting occurred in 2016.
This evening, the onePULSE Foundation will host its Annual Remembrance Ceremony at the Pulse Interim Memorial, which is located outside of the closed nightclub. The ceremony is open to the public and will be an hour-long program to pay tribute to the victims, survivors and first responders from that night.
There are plans to build a permanent memorial by 2020.

Select from the photos below to learn more about the victims and their stories.



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