Pulse Remembrance: The City of Orlando holds a solemn gathering outside Orlando City Hall

Pulse Remembrance: City of Orlando holds a solemn gathering outside city hall

ORLANDO, Fla — City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan and LGBTQ+ leaders held a solemn gathering outside Orlando City Hall to mark the six-year remembrance of the Pulse nightclub shooting.

Dist. 4 Commissioner Patty Sheehan said, “we have to remember that these families who were impacted. this was not a statistic. they were not a number 49. (T)hey were their sons, their daughters, their mothers. and these were human beings that did not deserve to have their lives cut short.”

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Jay Critchley, Prayer Ribbons creator and director of Provincetown Community Compact, also spoke at the gathering and provided a background story of this strand of ribbons he helped create.

The prayer ribbons were on display outside city hall, featuring the names of the 49 victims written in gold on black ribbons and messages of hope.

Following the speeches, those in attendance held a moment of silence, followed by church bells to honor the 49 lives lost.