ORLANDO, Fla. – All the memorial items from the Pulse tragedy will end up at the Orange County Regional History Center, an enormous task that is being meticulously done with dignity.
The memorials in honor of the Pulse victims are slowly coming down, but they are not going far away.
"We are certainly not working just to take them away from the site," said Michael Perkins, museum manager at the Orange County Regional History Center.
"We are working to preserve them, to collect them and preserve them so they can be put to future use."
The history center's collection team selects items one by one.
The chief curator photographs it in its original position and gently takes it away.
The items are logged and cleaned, removing any dirt or candle wax before being boxed and taken away.
The team intends to collect everything, even though the weather has taken a toll on some items.
"The weather, of course, is a challenge and the sun gets them as much as the rain does in some instances," said Perkins.
Plastic or laminate is removed from cards so moisture from the rain can dry out.
All the flowers collected will be turned into soil and used in gardens throughout the city.
So far, over 1,700 items have been collected.
The memorial at Orlando Regional Medical Center, once full of candles, signs and flags, is now gone. Everything has been collected and preserved.
"The Pulse shooting will always be a part of our history, but so is the community's response. We are collecting and preserving the memories of how the community responded," said Perkins.
Everything will be sent to a climate-controlled storage facility and kept there until a decision is made on what to do with it.
According to Perkins, the items will continue to be collected as long as people leave them.