Five 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 at 2:02 a.m. on a crowd of 320 people, killing 49 and wounding 53. At the time, it was the worst shooting in U.S. history. June 12 is offically known 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 onePULSE Foundation will host its Annual Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday from 7-8 p.m., at the Pulse Interim Memorial which is located outside of the closed nightclub. The observance brings together the families and provides a space to remember their loved ones in peace. The ceremony also honors all who survived, the brave first responders and the trauma teams who sacrificed so much to save so many.
Select from the photos below to learn more about the victims and their stories.

(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)