Two years ago, we lost 49 lives, many of them queer and Latinx, to senseless gun violence at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. To date, this is the second-deadliest shooting in modern U.S. history.
People across the nation will remember them on Tuesday (June 12) in a variety of ways.
Bells will ring 49 times at a church in downtown Orlando, and a remembrance service will be held at Pulse nightclub. There will also be 49 ribbons hung outside City Hall, and a rainbow flag will be on display outside the Orange County Administration building.
There will also be demonstrations organized by National Die-In, a group of students advocating for stronger gun control. There will be die-ins at noon in front of the Capitol in Washington D.C. and another in Orlando that will last 12 minutes—or 720 seconds, representing the approximate number of people who have died in mass shootings since the Pulse nightclub massacre.
“Our bodies will symbolize the tangible effects that lethal legislation inaction has on its citizens,” the group said in a post on Twitter.
Students in South Florida are also planning a die-in outside President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla. There will be one outside Sen. Marco Rubio’s office in Tampa, outside Sen. Ted Cruz’s office in Houston, and outside Trump Tower in Chicago.
In a statement, the Orlando Police Department said its officers and other law enforcement officers did everything they could to save as many lives as possible.
A survivor of the shooting, Brandon Wolf, spoke at a rally on Monday urging people to make their voices heard about gun violence at the polls in November during midterm elections.
“Register, vote, drag a friend, speak out and send a clear message that politicians work for us,” he said. “Not the other way around.”