City and county officials in Orlando, Florida, want the one-year anniversary in June of the Pulse nightclub shooting to be marked with acts of love and kindness.
Elected officials on Monday announced that June 12 officially would be dedicated as "Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness."
“Our community will never forget the tragedy of Pulse or the grief of those who lost loved ones,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said in a video posted to a new website, OrlandoUnitedDay.com. “From heartbroken family and friends to survivors putting shattered lives back together, our entire community stands with you.”
Teresa Jacobs, the mayor of Orange County, Florida, also shared a heartfelt message in the video.
“As we prepare for the anniversary of Pulse, the world is working to honor and remember the lives we lost," Jacobs said. "Through a day of love and kindness dedicated to the legacy of those who perished, we will continue to cherish their memories."
Officials also announced a series of events planned throughout the day on June 12, which are all listed on OrlandoUnitedDay.com.
An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center, followed by a memorial service at the site of the former gay nightclub.
Another memorial ceremony will be held in the evening around downtown Orlando's Lake Eola.
Forty-nine people died and dozens more were injured as a result of the Pulse nightclub massacre, the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history.