Democratic lawmakers to announce legislation making Pulse nightclub site a national memorial

Pulse Nightclub
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - Edwin Rodriguez writes the names of the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting at the front of the nightclub building on June 21, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images)

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.

Mitch Perry
Mitch Perry has spent the past 18 years covering news and politics in the Sunshine State, most recently with FloridaPolitics.com. He worked for five years as the political editor of Creative Loafing in Tampa, and before that he was the assistant news director at WMNF radio, where he served as creator/anchor/producer of the hour-long WMNF Evening News. A San Francisco native, Mitch began his career at KPFA Radio in Berkeley in the 1990's.

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