Pulse Interim Memorial opens to the public

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation opened the Pulse Interim Memorial to the public with a dedication ceremony May 8.

The foundation was joined by Pulse victims’ family members, survivors, first responders and community leaders for a dedication that opened with Pulse survivor Brian Reagan singing “Hallelujah” and included a bilingual opening prayer from Rev. Stanley Ramos, a dedication blessing from Orlando Health chaplains Phyllis Fitzwater and Jason O’Rourke, a video message from survivors and family members and a musical performance of “Together Again” by entertainer Tymisha Harris.

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onePULSE Foundation begins construction on Pulse interim memorial

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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.

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onePULSE Foundation launches Pulse memorial survey, schedules town hall

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ORLANDO | The onePULSE Foundation launched the final phase of the Pulse Memorial Survey Sept. 13 asking for opinions on how the memorial should be constructed.

The survey launched over the summer for victims’ families and survivors, as well as first responders from law enforcement and healthcare. The final phase is currently open to anyone around the world who would like to provide input on the future memorial.

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Orlando remains united on the one-year mark of its most difficult time

By : Billy Manes and Sophia Mackrives
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In accordance with grief and tradition, Central Florida will be honoring the 49 lost at Pulse on June 12, 2016, with numerous events spanning more than a week.

This is by no means a complete guide to the memorials that will be going on – new ones appear daily – but this is a fairly broad guide for what it is you might want to do to reflect on that horrific day nearly one year ago. Likewise, we’re looking forward while looking back. If you visit actlovegive.org – Orlando United’s Day of Acts of Love and Kindness, a combined initiative between the county, the city, Pulse and other organizations – you will find plenty of ways to help in the ongoing cycle of trauma: volunteering, storytelling and donating. This is the part where you come in.

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Orlando to buy Pulse, turn it into memorial

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The city of Orlando, Florida, has announced plans to purchase the Pulse nightclub and eventually convert the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history into a memorial.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer told the Orlando Sentinel  Nov. 7 that the city has reached a deal to buy the gay nightclub for $2.25 million.

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NY commission seeks artists to create LGBT memorial

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – A state commission is searching for artists to design an LGBT memorial honoring victims of hate, intolerance and violence, including those killed in June’s attack in an Orlando gay nightclub.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the memorial and established a commission to create it in the wake of the Orlando shootings that killed 49 people.

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Pulse Love Mural

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Last night’s Pulse Orlando celebration was raw and inspiring. Few knew they would be entering the gates of the nightclub, and the presence of the out-of-servic building only made it that much more emotional. It didn’t help that Pulse owner Barbara Poma was on the verge of tears when we spoke with her. Also in attendance were Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan, House candidate Carlos Guillermo Smith, the Orlando Gay Chorus and families of victims and survivors of the June 12 attack. We cried a lot. You would have, too. “Don’t be afraid,” indeed.

Photos by J.D. Casto

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New fence around Pulse will commemorate victims

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Pulse nightclub will be receiving a new fence around it’s perimeter that will be put up with the combined effort of the Pulse owners, the City of Orlando, the Downtown South Main Street District and the Orange County Regional History Center, according to a press release.

The fence will be erected Sept. 19, and will feature a wrap to showcase art from local artists.

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Pulse owners establish non-profit, to make nightclub location a permanent memorial

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UPDATE: Several media outlets have reported that the location of Pulse Orlando will be re-opened as a permanent memorial for the 49 victims of the Pulse shooting.

Watermark reached out to Pulse Orlando and was provided the following statement:

OOPS! Looks like we got the media’s pulse racing with an inadvertent Instagram posting that incorrectly stated the Pulse Nightclub was reopening as a memorial. As reported last week, the club remains closed for business but Ms. Poma’s desire is that someday a memorial be created at the site. The OnePulseFoundation was established to raise funds for victims of the June 12 tragedy as well as for a memorial. No monies have been collected at this time.

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History Center begins One Orlando Memorial Collection

By : Nicole Dudenhoefer
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Members of the Orange County Regional History Center are starting to remove items from memorial sites at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, as part of the One Orlando Collection Initiative.

Mayor Theresa Jacobs explained during the June 27 inauguration that the City of Orlando is partnering with the History Center to remove and preserve items from memorial sites for the Pulse shooting victims around the city.

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City of Orlando to establish permanent Pulse memorial

By : Alex Storer
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Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced in a June 24 press release that the City will establish a permanent memorial for victims of the Pulse shooting.

“We stand committed to creating a permanent space that will preserve the memory of those who lost their lives, provide comfort to those who seek it and honor the spirit and love of our great city,” Dyer says.

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Watermark’s running list of Pulse fundraisers, vigils and memorials

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A number of organizations and individuals are putting together fundraisers events and vigils to benefit those affected by the Pulse shootings, be they injured victims, family members of the deceased or Pulse employees, all of which will need significant financial support in the coming months.

Because Orlando is such an engaged, supportive community, the events are being scheduled quickly and there are a considerable number of them. If you know of any we missed, please feel free to comment and let us know so we can add them to the round-up. This page is updated daily.

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