May 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Temporary Pulse memorial opens to public in Orlando

Pulse nightclub’s temporary memorial. (Screenshot via WESH2)

The onePULSE Foundation unveiled its interim memorial on Tuesday for the 49 people killed at Pulse nightclub in 2016.

The memorial features panels that honor each victim, a collage of photos showing the numerous vigils held after the massacre and commemorative photos. Visitors can also sign their names in a guestbook or on the back of the Pulse sign.

Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse nightclub and founder of the foundation, explained at the dedication ceremony, which included survivors and family members of victims, how important the memorial is for the community.

“I know we all reflect on the way our Orlando community responded immediately after the tragedy, but this interim memorial is a true testament to how people continue to respond,” Poma said. “It is just utterly heartwarming how everyone still wants to be a part of what happens here. Orlandoans truly love their city, their people, their family.”

Plans for a permanent memorial and museum are in progress.


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