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