A memorial will stand to honor the 49 lives taken by the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
In a news conference outside the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, owner Barbara Poma revealed plans to turn the site into a permanent memorial and museum.
“What began as a place for fun and joy is now sacred ground,” she said. “What was once our little corner … is now shared with the world.”
Poma doesn’t want to decide the design and content of the memorial herself. Instead, she wants to leave it up to Pulse survivors and families of deceased victims, as well as the first responders, doctors and nurses who gave aid following the attack on the gay nightclub during Latin night.
It’s not yet decided if the building will be a part of the memorial or instead torn down.
“The ultimate design and function will be decided by this community,” Poma said.
The onePULSE Foundation, founded by Poma, will be in charge of raising money for the memorial, finalizing design and memorial construction.
Following the massacre, the city of Orlando planned to purchase the nightclub for $2.25 million, but Poma declined.
“I feel a personal obligation to ensure that a permanent space at Pulse be created so that all generations to come will remember those affected by, and taken on, June 12,” she said at the time.
Other memorials are surfacing nearly one year later. World OutGames Miami will include an interactive Pulse memorial “Pulse Points” in honor of the 49 lives lost and 53 injured. The memorial will have dance, poetry and more.