ORLANDO: City And County Officials Unveil Pulse Anniversary Plan For “A Day Of Love & Kindness”

The Associated Press reports:

Orlando and Orange County officials want the first anniversary next June of the Pulse nightclub massacre to be marked with acts of love and kindness. Elected officials on Monday said that June 12 officially would be dedicated as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness.” Officials also announced a series of events planned throughout the day on June 12.

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 site:

At the direction and request of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, Section 93 of the legendary Sea-to-Sea Rainbow Flag was originally displayed on June 17, 2016, at the Orange County Administration Building, in tribute to the lives taken at Pulse and in support of freedom lovers worldwide. The Sea-to-Sea Flag, which is also known as β€œThe Sacred Cloth,” has become a globally-recognized symbol of the LGBTQ movement, symbolizing acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion.

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 TaΓ±Γ³n 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.

  • j.martindale

    Still moves me to tears.

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  • djcoastermark

    The Pulse tribute at Tampa Pride this past weekend choked me up, after all this time. It was quite moving.

  • another_steve

    Remembering all who perished that night.

    All those who were prepared for joy, but perished.

  • Todd20036

    And note that the Trumpanzees, even after claiming they are hating on Muslims because they throw LBGT from buildings, do nothing.

  • JWC

    the Republicans probabaly doubt it really happened and if it did they were asking for it You are asking for compassion from people who do not know the word .Just watched a video clip “The Obamas You Can’t Fake That” The whole time I was thinkiing you would never see Donny am Melanomia do that

    • Steve Teeter

      Don’t know where this quote about the right comes from, but it’s perfect: There is no kindness in them.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Peace to all the good people

  • sort of OT
    Is anybody planning on going to Gay Days at Disney World June 1-4?
    We will be there all four days…can’t miss us, we’ll be wearing red. ;-))

  • Bluto

    A Day of Love and Kindness – can’t have that! bill, tony, sally, linda, alex, brian, scott et al, you know what to do. god doesn’t approve of love & kindness.

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  • Jukesgrrl

    That’s a wonderful idea. It will be such a hard day for the loved ones of the victims.

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  • StudioTodd

    No disrespect intended, but this sounds like a generic nondescript conventional commemoration developed by a committee of timid unimaginative controversy-averse bureaucrats.

    It’s not exactly a whitewashing of the event, but it doesn’t really address what happened in any meaningful way or speak specifically or uniquely to the community that was targeted. I don’t really have a more original alternative suggestion at the moment, but I’m sure (given a year to brainstorm) there are plenty of people in our community would could have presented better ideas than this.