Members of the Orlando community gathered at Pulse overnight for a vigil marking the exact time of the nightclub attack one year ago.
Florida Senator Bill Nelson talked with reporters before a memorial. City officials estimated that 15,000 people showed up for the ceremony during which individuals dressed as angels with white billowing wings took the stage as the names of the 49 people killed were read.
Hundreds gathered early Monday morning at a memorial event for the 49 lives taken during the shooting.
One-time The Voice contestant Sisaundra Lewis will also perform at the event alongside acts like the Orlando Gay Chorus, the From Broadway With Love Choir, the CFCA Choral Group, the Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums and more.
“I realize that gathering here in this place, at this hour, is beyond hard”, Dyer said during the service.
On Monday, the National LGBTQ Task Force, a coalition of 59 organizations, issued a statement in remembrance of the Pulse victims.
“What happened at Pulse was the darkest day in our city’s history, and we continue to grieve for the victims and fight for those who are still suffering”, Patty Sheehan, the openly gay Orlando City Commissioner, said this spring.
Today U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., honored the Saginaw native by tweeting a picture of himself standing on the U.S Capitol steps while holding a picture of Crosby.
Many at the gathering wore T-shirts emblazoned with messages such as “we will not let hate win”. On Monday, the city of Myrtle Beach came together at the Pulse Ultra nightclub on South Kings Highway to honor those who lost their lives.
Mateen pledged his allegiance to the Islamic State during the shooting before he himself was shot dead by police.
“We have talked about love so much in the past 365 days; how Orlando is love, how love is stronger than hate, we will not be defeated”, said Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse.
Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness will conclude with a service at the night club.
“I think a year later this tragedy is still broadly felt throughout the community”, Coun.
Salman is now locked up in an undisclosed Central Florida jail on federal charges of obstruction of justice and aiding a terrorist organization.
A judge in March ruled that Salman, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, would stay in a Florida jail.