Orlando ceremonies scheduled on anniversary of Pulse nightclub massacre

Thousands of people expected to honor 49 victims killed


ORLANDO, Fla. – Thousands of people are expected Monday in the city of Orlando for the first anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre.

Early Monday morning survivors, victim's families and employees gathered for a private remembrance ceremony as the 49 victims names were being read at the moment the first shots were fired. Dozens of people also dressed as white angels gathered in front of the club as many people mourned the anniversary.

The city has announced several ceremonies that will take place to honor the victims who were killed.

10 a.m.: Several items that were left outside the club days after the attack will be on display at the Orange County History Center. The items include pictures, letters, cards and stuffed animals. The event will be free and open to the public.

10:30 a.m.:  A "Sea-to-Sea" rainbow flag will unfold on the Orange County Administration building. Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, faith leaders and LGBTQ leaders are expected to attend.

11 a.m.: A ceremony will be held at Pulse where the names of the victims will be read aloud, along with prayers and music. Guests include the Orlando Gay Chorus, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and several first responders.

Noon: Church bells will ring 49 times for the victims who lost their lives.

7 p.m.: "Orlando Love: Remembering Our Angels" will take place at the Lake Eola Park Amphitheater. The event is open to the public and will feature guest speakers and performances.

10 p.m.: A final ceremony will be held at Pulse. It will feature songs, prayers, inspirational dances and music. The ceremony is expected to last until midnight.

The city of Orlando has deemed June 12 as "Orlando United Day: A Day of Love and Kindness." Gov. Rick Scott has also ordered flags across Florida to be flown at half-staff Monday.

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