• Orlando preserves memorial items for Pulse nightclub victims, survivors

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Letters, notes, signs and other nonperishable tribute items will soon be placed at the Orange County Regional History Center as part oft he One Orlando Collection Initiative, the city announced on Friday.

    Memorials have been growing at City Hall, Lake Eola Park, Lake Beauty at Orlando Health and Seneff Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to honor the 49 victims and survivors who were shot June 12 at Pulse nightclub.

    Staff from the History Center staff will begin Friday collecting items placed at Lake Eola Park and will preserve them at the Orange County Regional History Center. Other tributes will be moved to the temporary memorial site at Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

    Flowers will be collected regularly and organically turned into soil that will be used in gardens throughout the city.

    “It was actually pretty hard to come down here (Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.) Just to see how many people have passed away through all those signs,” said Vincent Riley.

    Riley, 11, and Samantha Brown delivered rocks painted by a youth group to the display at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

    “Behind these (rocks) is some love and care on how much you appreciated them when they were alive,” Riley said.

    For more information, visit thehistorycenter.org.

    The city said it wants to create a memorial to honor the Pulse victims, but the details or location have not been established. They plan to create a committee to make the memorial a reality.

    The county also announced recently it wants to create a permanent memorial.

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