Miami, .- US Congressmen seek to declare as a National Monument Pulse gay club, on June 12, 2016 scenario of a massacre of 49 people, mostly of Puerto Rican origin, on the eve of the third anniversary of the shooting in Orlando , in the center of Florida.
Darren Soto, one of the promoters of the measure said Monday that the idea is “to honor the lives of 49 victims, survivors and their loved ones.”
“Our efforts to designate Pulse National Monument will serve as a reminder that we come together to heal and overcome the hate,” said the Democrat.
Soto and congressmen Stephanie Murphy and Val Demingsy announced today that they presented a bill aimed at federal recognition of Pulse as a monument, which would allow “public or private subsidies.”
The “Pulse Museum and National Monument,” which will include the Orlando Health Survivors Walkway, will be built on the Pulse disco site and the surrounding properties and will be ready by 2012, the bill details.
“The tragedy of Pulse shook our community to its core and changed us forever,” said Murphy, who in the company of Soto announced, from the club’s headquarters, the initiative to relatives of victims and civil authorities.
The shooting of 2016 was perpetrated by Omar Mateen, an American of Afghan origin, who fired indiscriminately at those attending a Latino party in Pulse and was shot that same day at the scene by the police.
Murphy stressed that by designating the site as a National Monument, “we will honor your memories, inspire you in your legacies and recognize the positive contributions that the LGBTQ community offers to the world.”
A year ago the then governor of Florida, Rick Scott, declared June 12 as the day to remember the 49 victims of the massacre in the gay club.
Mateen sowed that day terror among the attendees after breaking into the club armed with an assault rifle and automatic pistol and start shooting at the hosts and participants of a Latin party.
“In these moments of increasing acts of hatred and violence, we must remember our past and work to do better now and in the future,” said Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse and now general director of the onePULSE Foundation.
The bill states that the onePULSE Foundation is a non-profit organization created after the massacre “to remember the tragedy and ensure Pulse’s love, acceptance and hope will never be lost” and will be in charge of the National Monument. (EFEUSA)