Forty-nine people were gunned down at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub on a horrific night three years ago.
On Monday, two Democratic congressional representatives from the Orlando area – U.S. Representatives Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto – will announce legislation they are introducing to designate the Pulse nightclub site as a federally recognized national memorial.
The designation will honor the survivors, first responders, and the entire Central Florida community.
The six finalists shortlisted to design what will be called the National Pulse Memorial and Museum in Orlando were announced last week. That came after a two-month search that brought in 68 submissions from 19 different countries.
“Three years after the tragedy, the world continues to stand in solidarity with our community and in support of the 49, the survivors and the first responders,” said onePULSE Foundation CEO Barbara Poma in a statement last week. “This is reflected in the significant response to our competition announcement and the interest from architecture and designers from around the world.”
The site will feature a 30,000-square-foot museum that organizers say will address issues of tolerance, diversity and inclusion. There will also be an outdoor space for community gatherings and performances.
According to the foundation, a pedestrian pathway called “Survivor’s Walk” will trace the three-block journey that many victims and survivors took to receive trauma care at the Orlando Regional Medical Center.