UPDATED 10:49 AM PT — Wednesday, June 12, 2019
It’s been three years since dozens of people in Pulse Nightclub were massacred by a supporter of the Islamic State. Officials are now aiming to list the site as a national memorial.
Florida lawmakers have proposed legislation that would designate the now-closed Florida nightclub as a federal landmark to honor the 49 victims killed in the mass shooting. The incident is marked as the deadliest act of violence against the LGBTQ community, but lawmakers say they want to recognize the site to serve as a place of healing and to overcome hate.
“This will give this hallowed ground, the federal recognition it deserves. Especially for those who lost everything. It really just gives such dignity and respect to what happened here and ensures what I’ve always wanted – that it will never be forgotten long after we’re not here to tell the story anymore.” — Darren Soto, (D) Fla.
As a nationally recognized memorial, the project would be eligible to receive federal and private funding. Lawmakers say they hope to have the proposal passed by June 2020.