The University of Central Florida will come together for a memorial service on Thursday, June 8, 2017, on the one-year anniversary of the Pulse Orlando nightclub attack.
Early Sunday morning on June 12, 2016, forty-nine clubgoers, two UCF students, were shot down in Pulse nightclub near downtown Orlando by a terrorist, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting to take place in the United States. An outpouring of support from the Orlando community and from around the world took place.
A Facebook event page has been set up for one-year memorial service.
A message from UCF followed:
“Nearly one year ago the City Beautiful was attacked in an act of hate.
In the aftermath of terror, our community came together to show an outpour of united kindness and support.
It is in that spirit that UCF remembers Pulse on June 8 with a day of reflection, giving back, and coming together. We chose June 8 for our events to allow our community to attend the City of Orlando and Orange County Government remembrances on June 12.”
The events of the day include:
• “Reflections on Pulse” will be an opportunity to create art and share tributes to the 49 victims. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Atrium.
• The UCF Remembers Blood Drive will be held from 2 to 8 p.m. near the Student Union between Classroom 1 and Health and Public Affairs.
• The opening reception for “Resilience: Remembering Pulse” will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the UCF Art Gallery. The exhibition, which will run through June 30, includes photos, quilts, paintings, and more that honor the victims and the LGBTQ+ community.
• “UCF Remembers,” a ceremony honoring the 49 and celebrating diversity and equality, will begin in the Pegasus Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The event will include performances by the Orlando Gay Chorus, a reading of the names of the 49 victims, and campus and community speakers.