House Passes Soto, Demings, Murphy Bill to Designate National Pulse Memorial
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 49, legislation that designates the Pulse nightclub as a National Memorial Site. Reps. Darren Soto (FL-09), Val Demings (FL-10), and Stephanie Murphy (FL-07) released the following statements.
“Nearly five years ago, 49 angels lost their lives and many others, 53, were injured when a deranged gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. You see those we lost right here next to me – their photos, lives cut short. This horrific act of hate and terror against our LGBTQ and Latino community, and African American community, and Anglo community could have divided us, but we came together stronger than ever before. Orlando swore as a community to never forget those we lost that night. Their stories, their images, their memories, and their spirits must live on in our hearts,” said Rep. Soto on the House floor.
“Orlando Strong is more than just a slogan. It is a promise to support each other and to never forget those we lost and those who were injured on that tragic night. By establishing Pulse as a National Memorial, we will honor their memories and remind ourselves of that promise,” said Rep. Demings on the House floor.
“Designating Pulse as a National Memorial site is about more than building a monument to mourn those we lost. It will be a physical reminder that our work won’t be complete until we ensure the lives of the victims were not lost in vain. It will be a place where we renew our pledge to honor their memories, not just with words, but with resolute action,” said Rep. Murphy in a statement.
H.R. 49 grants a federal designation honoring the 49 lives taken on June 12, 2016, as well as the survivors, first responders, and the entire Central Florida community.
Following the tragedy, Pulse nightclub owner, Barbara Poma, established onePULSE Foundation, a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, to memorialize the tragedy and ensure that Pulse’s legacy of love, acceptance and hope will never be lost. The onePULSE Foundation plans to build the National Pulse Memorial and Museum that will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walkway – slated to open in 2022 – on the site of the Pulse nightclub and nearby properties.
To view Rep. Soto’s remarks on the House Floor, click here.