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Congressional Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto, both of Central Florida, announced H.R. 3094 on Monday, a bill requesting federal funds to use for any purpose relating to the memorial. Soto introduced the bill to the House of Representatives last week.
Wednesday is the three-year anniversary of the massacre.
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed and 58 were wounded when a gunman entered the club and opened fire in the final minutes of "Latin night." It is the second-deadliest shooting in U.S. history, behind the Las Vegas shooting in which 58 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in October 2017 while attending a country music festival.
Proud to join @repdarrensoto & @repvaldemings in introducing legislation that would designate #Pulse as a National Memorial Site. The love that the 49 victims brought into this world will always be stronger than the hate that stole their lives on that day. #OrlandoStrong pic.twitter.com/OzWzLdphet— Rep. Stephanie Murphy (@RepStephMurphy) June 10, 2019
The Pulse tragedy shook the Orlando community "to its core," Murphy said in a statement.
"It’s important we remember the love that the 49 victims and their loved ones brought into this world, which will always be stronger than the hate that stole their lives on that day," she said. "By designating the site as a National Memorial, we will honor their memories, be inspired by their legacies, and recognize the positive contributions the LGBTQ community offers to the world."
3 years ago, we lost 49 angels, 53 others were injured, & many suffered terrible loss. Our #OrlandoStrong community came together to overcome hate and heal. Honored to work with @RepStephMurphy & @RepValDemings to create the National #Pulse Memorial so we will never forget! pic.twitter.com/UZo0g3QL7T— US Rep. Darren Soto (@RepDarrenSoto) June 12, 2019
The memorial would ensure that "no one ever forgets this tragedy," Soto said in a statement.
"The Memorial will serve as a reminder of the remarkable way our community came together to heal and overcome hate," Soto said. "We recognize the need to preserve LGBTQ historic sites, because of cases like the Matthew Shepard Memorial which have been deliberately destroyed over time without these protections. Let the Pulse Memorial become a symbol of hope, love, and light."
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered all flags to be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday.
Today we mourn the loss of life of 49 innocent victims of an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando that targeted the LGBTQ and Hispanic community, and Florida as a whole. In honor of their memory, I am ordering flags to be lowered to half-staff.— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) June 12, 2019
DeSantis also issued a proclamation Wednesday for "Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida," directly referring to the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities, in which he listed the names of the victims.
"The State of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities and we will boldly stand with Orlando and the Central Florida community against terrorism and hate," the proclamation stated.