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As one-year anniversary nears, Pulse owner announces plans for a memorial

Barbara Poma: ‘It’s important that we ... take great care to preserve, honor and help heal'

As one-year anniversary nears, Pulse owner announces plans for a memorial
Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was the site of the largest mass shooting in US history

Almost a year after the 12 June Pulse nightclub massacre, club owner Barbara Poma believes it’s time to memorialize the tragedy that took so many lives.

‘Pulse has always been a part of me, but after this tragedy which took 49 lives, it became a part of this community and the world,’ Poma stated in a news release.

‘It’s important that we as a community be mindful and take great care to preserve, honor and help heal.’

A gunman entered the gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killed 49 people, and injured 53 more.

The shooting was the deadliest hate crime against LGBTI people in American history and the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11.

Poma originally considered selling the building to the city of Orlando after the attack but has since changed her mind and instead decided to launch her own foundation, onePULSE.

The foundation plans to raise money to build and maintain the memorial, as well as provide grants to help survivors and families of the Pulse victims.

Plans for the memorial will involve heavy input from Orlando’s LGBTI community, including a town hall meeting to discuss design concepts.

The upcoming anniversary will coincide with events scheduled at Pulse as part of Orlando United Day.

One event is a concert put together with the help of Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan featuring local and national artists performing dances, musical numbers, and readings.

Poma is traveling across the U.S with Miami-based artist Jefre visiting other memorial sites for inspiration. Together, they’ve visited the Oklahoma City National Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial in New York.

Photos of the two at these locations were posted on Jefre’s Instagram.

Do you have any ideas about what the Pulse memorial should look like?