onePULSE Foundation begins construction on Pulse interim memorial

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | onePULSE Foundation begins construction on the interim memorial at the Pulse nightclub location Feb. 26 as they work to design the permanent memorial that will go in the nightclub’s location.

As part of the temporary memorial, the now iconic Pulse sign will remain in place but will be enhanced. A new fence will be built around the perimeter of the nightclub with areas available for visitors to leave messages.

The space will include “seating, shade, lighting and trees – creating a meaningful and inviting space while planning is underway,” said Pulse owner and onePULSE Foundation executive director Barbara Poma in a press release.

onePULSE Foundation worked with the Orange County Regional History Center to collect artifacts, works of art, messages and other memorial items left at the site. The History Center collected the items Feb. 25.

Families and survivors were invited to take home any personal items and messages they left at the site.

“As we move to create a permanent memorial and museum to honor the 49 precious lives that were taken, we also know the importance of ensuring the families, survivors, first responders and the community continue to have a place to reflect on what happened here,” Poma said.

Work on the temporary memorial is expected to last approximately 60 days and should end in late April.

More information on the temporary and permanent memorials, as well as on the onePULSE Foundation itself, can be found at onePULSEFoundation.org.

An artist rendition of the completed interim memorial, courtesy of onePulse Foundation, can be seen below.

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