Thousands Gather For Third Anniversary of Pulse Tragedy
ORLANDO, Fla. — Thousands gathered Wednesday evening to pay respects to the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting on the third anniversary of the massacre.
The 2019 Annual Remembrance Ceremony was held by the OnePULSE Foundation at the Pulse Interim Memorial on South Orange Avenue.
Heather Martin, a survivor of the Columbine High School attack in 1999, was also among the speakers in the program.
Around 3,000 people gathered at the Pulse interim memorial site this evening for the third anniversary of the attack pic.twitter.com/CLIe1qdOaP
During the ceremony, a rainbow appeared across the street in the sky, catching the attention of those in attendance.
“If this doesn’t make you a believer, then I don’t know what will,” said one of the many who turned around to capture the well-timed rainbow.
Amanda Bonya was one of the estimated 3,000 people in attendance at the ceremony.
“The very first year (after the tragedy) our community was very scared to go out to clubs, bars and other venues,” Bonya said.
“(Orlando) is a huge example to other cities,” she continued.
Moving forward, the OnePulse Foundation hopes to have a permanent memorial site built by June 2022, in time for the sixth anniversary.