Second Anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting

Dozens of ribbons in every cover of the rainbow are seen tied to a railing surrounding the Survivor Tree on the second anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting. Some in the background take photos of the tree as others tie ribbons on the branches of the tree.
People gather at the Survivor Tree on the 9/11 Memorial plaza to pay tribute to the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Photo by Jin Lee, 9/11 Memorial.

Tuesday, June 12, marks the second anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., in which 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded by a gunman.

During a tribute at the 9/11 Memorial in the days following the tragedy, then 9/11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels said that the 9/11 community mourned with the city of Orlando and the families and friends of the victims.

“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,” said Daniels, who served as 9/11 Memorial & Museum president at the time.

In the two years since the Pulse Nightclub shooting, Orlando has received and planted a Survivor Tree seedling donated by the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as part of the Survivor Tree seedling program, which in which three communities that have endured tragedy receive a Survivor Tree seedling in the spirit of healing and resilience.

Representatives from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum have also coordinated with the onePULSE Foundation, a nonprofit organization leading the efforts to establish a permanent memorial and interpretive center, to engage stakeholders and members of the community who have suffered through this unexpected mass trauma.   

As an institution, 9/11 Memorial & Museum is often consulted for insight by victims’ families, survivors of catastrophe and other localities wishing to memorialize and heal from tragic events, including Newtown, Boston, Paris and Norway.

You can read more about the Pulse Nightclub memorialization here.

By 9/11 Memorial Staff

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