Clarksville Residents Remember Pulse Nightclub Victims On Anniversary

Cheryl Sanders
June 25, 2017

"This is Orlando. This is why I just love living here".

Exactly one year ago, the city of Orlando experienced the horrors of the worst mass shooting in USA history. Yesterday, the president tweeted, "We will NEVER FORGET the victims who lost their lives one year ago today in the horrific #PulseNightClub shooting. It's just building a stronger to make sure that we have a safe community for everyone around us".

"We need to walk with and accompany everybody - there is no exception", said Bishop Noonan during the Call to Prayer anniversary ceremony.

At noon, church bells throughout the Orlando area rang 49 times. She was not present for the shooting and has pleaded not guilty.

"A year later I think the thing that is most important is this community and why I live here and why I'm so happy to live here", Williams said through tears. Gov. Rick Scott ordered US flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a giant rainbow flag would be unveiled at the Orange County government building.

One woman spoke at a memorial and said, "Out of the darkness Orlando rose as a beacon of light and we shine that bright light on the issues of equality and love". The president's observance of the one-year anniversary comes as break from what could be viewed as a general indifference to LGBTQ issues, considering he has yet to issue a proclamation recognizing June as Pride month.

"It's a rainbow tarp on the fence".

Organizers said the goal of the event was to give people an opportunity to mourn and reflect, and to help spread a message of love and acceptance. "I tell them everything", Pulse owner Barbara Poma told several hundred people gathered for a midday ceremony outside the club. Eventually the site will become a permanent, national memorial to honor the victims and survivors.

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