Daily Mail: U.S. House passes bill to designate Pulse nightclub as a national memorial to 'continue to honor the 49 angels' who were killed during the 2016 mass shooting

June 26, 2020
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The U.S,. House of Representatives has passed a bill designating Pulse Nightclub as a national memorial site, honoring the 49 lives that were lost during the worst attack on LGBTQ lives in the United States. 

H.R.3094 passed on Friday by a voice vote after first being proposed last June by Representatives Stephanie Murphy, Darren Soto and Val Demings. 

The designation comes more than four years after 49 people were killed in the gay club in Orlando, which was the nation's worst mass shooting until the massacre in Las Vegas in 2017 where 59 were killed.

The bill gives the nightclub federal status and establishes a memorial and museum at the site. It also allows the memorial to still be run independently by the onePULSE Foundation, the nonprofit started by Barbara Poma, owner of the club.    

'We became truly Orlando strong in the face of adversary for the whole world to see' Rep. Soto said on the House floor, adding that the memorial would allow us to 'continue to honor the 49 angels.' 

He continued: 'The designation of the Pulse nightclub as a national memorial site honors the lives of those taken as well as the survivors, first responders, and the entire Central Florida community. Together we will open minds and hearts and we will make the Pulse memorial a national symbol of hope love and change.'

Pulse Nightclub and the foundation took to Twitter to offer their thanks to the politicians for helping get the recognition for the club.   

'Today, the House of Representatives passed a bill to recognize Pulse nightclub as a National Memorial Site, reminding the world that #WeWillNotLetHateWin.' they said in the Friday post. 'A very special thank you to Representatives @RepDarrenSoto, @RepValDemings, and @RepStephMurphy for introducing the bill.'

In addition to the three representatives, there were 44 others who co-sponsored the bill.    

'The House of Representatives just passed our legislation to create a Pulse National Memorial,' said Rep. Demings. 

'By making #Pulse a national memorial, we honor not only the victims, but what they stood for, what they represent, and what our country could be and should be.'

The sentiment was shared by Rep. Murphy, who added: 'Our bill to make #Pulse a national memorial just passed the House. I’m proud to be co-leading this effort to create a place of healing for survivors & a welcoming place for all those seeking inspiration to create a better, safer, and more inclusive nation.'