On Thursday, hundreds gathered at the 9/11 Memorial to commemorate the lives of the victims killed at Pulse nightclub in what was the deadliest terror attack in the United States since Sept. 11. A tribute was held near the Survivor Tree, a symbol of hope and resilience, in honor of the 49 people who were killed and more than 50 others injured in Orlando, Fla. Sunday morning.
"Today, our hearts go out to the victims and their families," said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels. "We honor the innocent people who were killed, their families, the injured, the survivors and the first responders who courageously navigated through a hostage situation and saved dozens of lives in the process with their swift and brave actions."
Daniels, joined by members of the cast of the Broadway show, "On Your Feet," and members of the NYPD representing their LGBT community, addressed the crowd. "As a nation, we come together with our hearts overflowing with love and solidarity during these difficult times for our fellow Americans who should have come home that night in Orlando and to show those who want to destroy what this country stands for that they will not succeed," said Daniels.
During the tribute, cast members from On Your Feet! sang the national anthem.
"I know that Orlando will, with the help of our nation, come through this," said Daniels. "By standing at this site, we demonstrate that it is possible to overcome the very real anguish so many are feeling right now."
Following Daniels’ message, a moment of silence was observed for the victims and tribute attendees tied ribbons to the Survivor Tree.
By 9/11 Memorial Staff