Orlando's Pulse Nightclub Is Set To Become A Memorial

"We will not let hate win."

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The site of last year's deadly Orlando nightclub shooting will become a permanent memorial. “We will not let hate win,” said Barbara Poma of Pulse nightclub at a press conference. She says the venue will be turned into a memorial. 

“I know once it’s unveiled and we have it here, [it will] be a place of comfort,” Poma said in a video from the announcement. “But I know in 100 years, it should be a place of education and a place of change, and of remembrance. And so I hope we aren’t giving people labels and calling them by their sexuality.”

Following the June 12th shooting, the biggest mass shooting in U.S. history, the nightclub has been closed. As People notes, the site is a place of regular mourning. 

Poma has started the onePULSE Foundation in memory of the 49 people who died.  It supports the construction and maintenance of the memorial and includes grants for the survivors and victims’ families, educational programs, scholarships in honor of each of the victims and a museum.

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