U.S. President Joe Biden has announced plans to make the Pulse nightclub a national memorial five years after the shooting.
“Pulse Nightclub is hallowed ground.” President Joe Biden announced plans to name a gay nightclub in Orlando a national memorial five years after the shooting that killed 49 people. At the time, it was the deadliest shooting by a single perpetrator in U.S. history, and the deadliest shooting of the LGBT community.
Biden released a statement Saturday, the fifth anniversary of the tragedy, announcing his intention to sign the bill, which passed the House and Senate unanimously. “Five years ago today in Orlando, in the middle of Pride Month, our country suffered the deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in American history. In a matter of minutes, the Pulse nightclub, long a place of acceptance and joy, became a place of unspeakable pain and loss. Forty-nine people were killed, many more wounded, and countless others forever scarred by the victims were family members, partners and friends, veterans and students, young, dark-skinned, Asian, Hispanic, our fellow countrymen. A few days later, I went with President Obama to pay my respects to them and their families, to thank the brave rescuers and the community who found strength and compassion in each other, and to promise that what happened will not be forgotten,” Biden said.
“In the coming days, I will sign legislation designating the Pulse nightclub as a national monument, which will enshrine in law what has been true since that terrible day five years ago: the Pulse nightclub is hallowed ground,” the president stressed.