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Remembering lives lost, stories of Pulse six months later

News 6 Special Report focuses on hope, healing

For six months Pulse nightclub has been the location for people to mourn and remember.

Come Monday it's a place that will once again bring unity.

"I think it's important for our whole community to continue to reflect, to remember, to keep in our hearts those who were harmed and lost but it's also important for us to remember how incredibly blessed we are to live in such a wonderful community so united, so compassionate, so strong and so determined," said Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs.

Jacobs and the city of Orlando have worked together planning Monday's events.

"The planning for this is also part of the healing process. You know, reaching out to different organizations and reconnecting," said Jacobs.

At 5:30 p.m. Monday, city leaders, the Orlando Gay Chorus and local organizations will meet at the Orange County Regional History center.

"We'll have a candlelight vigil and then we'll open up the doors to the history center where we have a video memorial and a lot of pictures people remember but haven't seen. The pictures of tremendous outpouring of support and unity," said Jacobs.

From there the event will move to Pulse.

Gates at the nightclub will open at 5:30 p.m.

Jacobs says  the space will have more of a somber tone but one that she hopes will continue to bring people together.

"We were an example to all mankind of what compassion and caring and unity and humanity is about. And I could not be prouder of this city," said Jacobs.

If you plan to attend the event at the Orange County History Center Jacobs suggests getting to the center around 5 p.m.

Though no roads are planned to be blocked off she says there is expected to be heavy traffic.