Almost five years after the gruesome mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Congress passed legislation designating the site as a national victims’ memorial.
The law project, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign, passed in the Senate earlier this week and in the House last month. It designates the National Pulse Memorial at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando.
Five years ago on Saturday, Omar Mateen walked into the gay nightclub and shot 49 people – many identified as LGBTQ – and injured dozens more. At the time, it was the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. (The following year, a mass filming at a country music festival in Las Vegas became the deadliest in the country to date, with 58 dead.)
“Five years ago, we lost 49 innocent lives in a terrorist attack on our state, nation, and Hispanic and LGBTQ communities at Pulse Nightclub,” said Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), Who was governor around the time of the massacre, tweeted when the bill was passed.
Scott and his colleagues Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) And Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) Co-led the bill. “We will never forget them. ”
The onePulse foundation, created by the owners of Pulse nightclubs after the attack, thanked the legislators in a Facebook post for the “good news as we mark five years of commemoration of the Pulse tragedy.”
“This recognition from both the House and the Senate means a lot to the LGBTQ + community,” the group wrote.
The group currently maintains a temporary memorial with a wall of photos and offerings of flowers and other keepsakes to the victims of the site. They plan to build a museum on site and will lead a commemorative ceremony saturday to devotion at victims.
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