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June 12, 2021 marks the fifth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida that left 49 dead and over 50 others wounded. The victims were mostly LGBTQ and Latinx because that day, Pulse was hosting “Latin Night.” Reportedly, it was 2:02 a.m. when the shooting began and the crisis lasted until 5:14 a.m.
Adam4adam blog readers, let us take a moment to remember and pray for the 49 people we lost as well as the family and friends they left behind, mourning. Let us also keep in our prayers the people who survived including the police officers, most of them suffered from PTSD, suffered mentally, if not physically.
Today, @SheriffMina and other members of OCSO are taking part in the 5th Annual #CommUNITYRainbowRun, honoring the 49 lives cut tragically short in the #Pulse nightclub shooting. The 4.9K run benefits the National Pulse Memorial and Museum and @onePULSEorg. #Pulse5YearsLater pic.twitter.com/RmjZ4eYKlG— Orange County Sheriff's Office (@OrangeCoSheriff) June 5, 2021
In remembrance of the Pulse victims, people all over the world are invited to ring their bells 49 times in unison. In addition, flags across Florida will be flown at half-staff, and the Annual Remembrance Ceremony will also be held outside the former gay nightclub at 7 p.m. ET.
According to Orlando Date Night Guide, “The observance brings together the families of those whose lives were tragically taken and provides them a space to remember their loved ones in peace.” They added that they also “honor all who survived, the brave first responders and our trauma teams who sacrificed so much to save so many.”
You can watch the Remembrance Ceremony Livestream here.
HAPPENING NOW: One Blood just brought its BIG RED BUS @UCF for today’s blood drive in honor of #pulse victims. It’s parked right in front of Student Union. We are live at 9 @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/mVE6vasA4H— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) June 9, 2021
As we celebrate the start of #PrideMonth, Central Floridians are reminded of the tragedy that scarred our community 5 years ago when 49 innocent lives were taken from us at #Pulse. We must continue to honor their memories not just with words, but with resolute action. pic.twitter.com/bqHUKdyLoY— U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) June 3, 2021
Please note that there are actually plenty of events until the end of June memorializing the lives taken at Pulse nightclub. Those who wish to participate may check the complete list through this link, some of which you can watch via live online stream.
The Pulse Nightclub shooting is dubbed as “the deadliest incident in the history of violence against LGBT people in the United States and the deadliest terrorist attack in the U.S. since the September 11 attacks in 2001.”
To date, it is considered the second deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.