On Thursday, the Florida House of Representatives adopted a resolution being sponsored by Orlando State Representatives Carlos Guillermo Smith and Mike Miller that establishes June 12th and Pulse Memorial day. The resolution remembers the 49 killed and 53 wounded in the night club shooting that took place almost one year ago and honors the first responders who risked their lives to help them.
Both lawmakers have special connections to the tragedy, the Pulse nightclub sits across the street from Miller’s district office and Smith is the first openly gay, Latino lawmaker to serve in the Florida house. The majority of the victims in the shooting were members of the LGBTQ and Latino communities.
“It’s important to acknowledge that the terrible tragedy that occurred at the Pulse nightclub was not just a terrorist attack, but a hate crime against my fellow LGBTQ+ Floridians.” says Smith “I am proud to see the Florida House come together to express our compassion for those families directly impacted by the attack and support for our first responders who risked their lives to keep us safe. Although our hearts will never fully heal, publishing this House resolution into the historical journal will ensure future generations understand what happened at the Pulse nightclub, the communities who were impacted, and remember the names of the forty-nine angels who were taken.”