Four Memorial Services to Take Place Tomorrow in Remembrance of Pulse Victims

The first memorial service will begin in the early morning hours of June 12.
June 12, 2017, 1:28pm
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Beginning tomorrow, four services will take place throughout the Orlando area to remember the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. On June 12, 2016, 49 people were killed during a shooting massacre at the nightclub, marking it as one of the worst mass shootings in recent history.

According to the Associated Press, the first service will begin in the early hours of Monday and continue for the next 24 hours. A private service will take place at the nightclub space for survivors, local officials and club employees. The service will take place at the same time gunman Omar Mateen began firing shots one year earlier.

Another midday service will take place at the nightclub as well as an evening gathering in downtown Orlando. A final late-night service will take place at the nightclub.

The Associated Press also reported church bells will toll throughout the area in reflection of the lives lost. Orlando churches have arranged to ring church bells simultaneously 49 times at noon to remember the 49 victims.

Orlando officials have deemed the one-year mark since the senseless tragedy as a day of "love and kindness," encouraging locals to volunteer to perform acts of compassion in their community.

In May, it was reported the Pulse Orlando site would become a new museum and memorial.