The city of Orlando will remember the victims of the Pulse nightclub on June 12th, the anniversary of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history, with the “Orlando Love – Remembering Our Angels” event.
“What happened at Pulse was the darkest day in our city’s history, and we continue to grieve for the victims and fight for those who are still suffering,” Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said in a statement. “This June 12, our entire LGBTQ community and our allies need to stand together and continue to show that we are a strong, united city that responds with love.”
Orlando Love, which takes place the night of June 12th at the city’s Lake Eola park, will features performances by Orlando-based artists as well as singers like Olga Tañón, who will sing her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” One-time The Voice contestant Sisaundra Lewis will also perform at the event.
Other acts include the Orlando Gay Chorus, the From Broadway With Love Choir, the CFCA Choral Group, the Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums and more.
Additionally, Pulse owner Barbara Poma and Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer are among those who will speak at the Orlando Love event, which is being produced by volunteers and supported entirely by donations.
Forty-nine people were killed and nearly 60 more injured when a shooter opened fire in the Orlando nightclub, which was popular among the city’s LGBT community. In the aftermath of the massacre, Orlando made plans to purchase the nightclub for $2.25 million and turn it into a memorial for the victims, but the club’s owner Poma opted instead to convert it into a “sanctuary of hope.”
Visit the Pulse Angels Facebook page for more information.