Today, we remember❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

News 6 Now 4 p.m. newsletter -- 6/12/19

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It was on this day three years ago that a gunman opened fire at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring dozens of others.

Central Florida has changed in many ways since the June 12, 2016, tragedy as the victims' families, survivors and the rest of the community continue to heal from the tragedy.

Here's how the victims are being honored three years later:

Leaders react


Florida lawmakers are sharing messages of remembrance to honor the victims and survivors still struggling physically and emotionally. Read their messages and share them.

Remembrance events

Jose Ramirez, who survived the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, reacts as he visits the site one year later (Joe Raedle/Getty Images).
Jose Ramirez, who survived the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub, reacts as he visits the site one year later (Joe Raedle/Getty Images).

Also on Wednesday, a church bell rang 49 times in honor of the 49 lives lost in the attack. That's not the only way the community is gathering to remember the victims. See how you can take part in blood drives and other remembrance events in their honor.

City Beautiful's new look

The community itself isn't the only thing that has changed since the shooting. The look of the city has, too, as more works of healing art have shown up across Central Florida, including an exhibit at Orange County Regional History Center. Get a look at the exhibit and hear the story behind it.

More storms

If you are heading to any remembrance events that may be outside, keep the forecast in mind. We're looking at another -- yes, another -- round of storms in Central Florida. It's looking more and more like summer each day. See the full forecast and check the radar to see when rain will affect you.

Father's Day from afar

I've promised you some Father's Day goodies each day this week, so I'm keeping my word. As we get older and have to move for career or family reasons, there's a good chance we probably won't live just around the corner from dad. Mine's in Tennessee, so it can be hard to find him the right gift. If you also have a long-distance dad, you may appreciate this list of ideas on how to celebrate dad from afar.

I love you, dad! 💙

I've also promised to share one thing I love about my dad this week. Today, I'm thankful to have a hardworking father. Not only did he work hard without ever letting my sisters or me know just how tired he was, he also taught us how important it is to have that quality. Everything he showed us by going to work regardless of if he had the sniffles or just felt worn out that day, shaped us and how we would approach our careers as working women. Because of him, I am ambitious and am comfortable rising to any challenge. Thank you, Dad, for preparing me for my future. I hope you can enjoy a nap one day soon!

What's your favorite thing about your dad? I know it's hard to choose, but I want to hear it! Email me at BVolz@wkmg.com📧

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