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Congress Approves Legislation To Make Pulse Nightclub A National Memorial.
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Congress Approves Legislation To Make Pulse Nightclub A National Memorial.


Congress has designated the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, as a national memorial to the victims, nearly five years after the horrific mass shooting there.

The bill, which President Joe Biden is expected to sign, was approved by the Senate earlier this week and the House last month, and it establishes the National Pulse Memorial at 1912 South Orange Avenue in Orlando.

On this day five years ago, Omar Mateen entered a gay nightclub and shot and killed 49 people, many of whom identified as LGBTQ, as well as injuring dozens more, making it the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at the time. (The following year, a mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas became the nation's deadliest yet, with 58 people killed.)

“Five years ago, we lost 49 innocent lives in a terror attack against our state, nation, and Hispanic and LGBTQ communities at the Pulse Nightclub,” Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), who was governor at the time of the massacre, tweeted after the bill was passed.

The bill was co-sponsored by Scott, along with Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Alex Padilla (D-CA).

We will never forget the 49 innocent lives lost five years ago at the Pulse Nightclub in a terror attack against our state, nation, and Hispanic and LGBTQ communities. Today, @marcorubio and I honored their memory by passing our bill establishing the ‘National Pulse Memorial.’ pic.twitter.com/aPuNJLUDD4 — Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 9, 2021

In a Facebook post, the onePulse foundation, which was founded by the owners of Pulse nightclub after the attack, thanked lawmakers for the “welcome news as we prepare to mark the five-year remembrance of the Pulse tragedy.”

“This recognition from both the House and Senate means so much to the LGBTQ+ community,” the organization stated.

The group currently maintains an interim memorial at the site, complete with a wall of photos and offerings of flowers and other mementos to the victims; they plan to build a museum at the site and will lead a memorial ceremony in dedication to the victims on Saturday.

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