On June 12, 2016, Orlando and Central Florida were forever changed.
On this day, 49 people were gunned down at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history at that time.
It was a difficult time for The City Beautiful, but since then, the community has come together to honor the lives of those who were killed.
June 12 is officially Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida, and Friday morning, people had already started gathering at the Pulse Interim Memorial.
Every year, people gather at the memorial to place flowers and to pay their respects.
On Friday, the victims of the Pulse shooting will be honored across the state of Florida.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has directed that the American flag and Florida’s flags be flown at half-staff at all local and state buildings from sunrise to sunset.
The permanent Pulse memorial and museum is in the works.
Renderings of possibilities were released a few months ago.
The original Pulse nightclub building will be left in tact. A cross section will be taken out for visitors to walk through.
A tower of memories will be located on W Kaley Street. It will serve as a museum for the 49 victims.
A shaded survivor walk on Orange Avenue stretching into downtown Orlando is also planned.
The design team said construction would likely be done in phases with the memorial and museum opening in 2022 or 2023.