Pulse crosses moved to History Center during ceremony in Orlando

49 crosses created to honor slain victims inside nightclub


ORLANDO, Fla. – Tuesday marks one month since the June 12 mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub left 49 dead and 53 injured.

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A memorial set up to remember the victims who were slain inside Pulse was moved Tuesday during a ceremony.

Greg Zanis, of Illinois, created 49 crosses to honor the victims, hoping to give one to each family. But with many families living out of the country, Zanis has agreed to let the city preserve the crosses, which were moved into the custody of the Orange County History Center.

"The event, of course, is an unfortunate," said Museum Manager Michael Perkins.  "But the community and the national and international reaction to it is also a part of our history."

Mira Alvear, who lost her daughter in the Pulse shooting, was the first to remove a cross from the Orlando Health campus.

"Everything was done with respect and honor and love wins.  Love, not hate," said Alvear.

Each of the crosses will be preserved in a climate controlled environment.  At a later date, the crosses will be included in a permanent memorial, along with the roughly 2,000 items collected from memorials across the city.

The owner of Pulse, Barbara Poma, released a statement Tuesday about the nightclub tragedy.

“None of us will ever understand why this unspeakable event happened at Pulse, which we created to serve as a safe place where members of the LGBT community could be themselves. We have been profoundly moved by the love and support we continue to receive not just from our own Central Florida friends, but from around the world. We are grateful beyond words and want to assure everyone that our commitment to keeping Pulse alive continues.” 

Meanwhile, Orlando police tweeted that a paver garden will be constructed as a permanent memorial south of Orlando Regional Medical Center, where many victims were treated.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer posted a video on Twitter, saying that the city will not be defined by hate but instead will continue to show support for all.

A month after the tragedy at Pulse, we are still coming together to love and support one another.#OrlandoUnitedhttps://t.co/BuAyThnDPm

— Orlando FL (@citybeautiful) July 12, 2016