A new non-profit called OnePulse Foundation has filed a document with the state of Florida that puts in writing a plan for a memorial at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
The club’s owner, Barbara Poma, plans to build a memorial at the site of the June 12 massacre, in which 49 people’s lives were stolen by a lone gunman.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, “Poma and her attorney formed the new corporation July 7, with articles of incorporation stating that its purpose includes ‘conceiving, funding and aiding in the construction of a permanent memorial on the existing Pulse site.'”
The memorial will seek to honor the victims of the shooting, and Poma plans for it to coincide with the rebuilding of the nightclub.
Pulse nightclub opened in 2004 in downtown Orlando and was named to “keep alive in the eyes of friends and family” Poma’s brother, John, who passed away from AIDS in the early ’90s. The bar primarily served the LGBT community and was known as a safe space for its members to socialize and express themselves freely.
Poma seeks to restore her vision for Pulse while remembering the lives lost there. We wish her all the best in her brave efforts to rebuild!