It was a year ago today that the world woke up to the news of a tragic incident at a gay nightclub in Orlando–the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.
In the early morning hours of June 12, 2016, a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub and opened fire on those inside. Forty-nine people were killed. Following a three hour standoff, police shot and killed the gunman.
Special events and memorials were held throughout the weekend in the Orlando area to remember the victims of the massacre and to support the survivors.
Gov. Rick Scott paid a visit to the Pulse Monday morning and asked Floridians to join with him at 9 a.m. for a moment of silence to remember those who were killed.
“This was an attack on Orlando, our state, the Hispanic community and on the LGBTQ community,” said Scott, who has proclaimed June 12 as Pulse Remembrance Day. “It left a solemn impact on our state that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.”
It was one of the most difficult times the governor has had to face since he took office in 2010.
“The horrific terror attack at Pulse attempted to rip at the seams of our society, strike fear in our hearts and divide us,” said Scott in a statement released by his office Friday afternoon. “Yet, in the face of extreme adversity and loss, Floridians showed resiliency, bravery and love.“
Scott says the state, the city of Orlando and many of those affected directly or indirectly, have shown “incredible resolve as we continue to mourn the loved and lost.”
“As we pause to honor the 49 victims of this tragic attack this Monday, my wife and I will say a prayer for each of them and their families. We will also be reminded of all the people who helped others in need,” Scott added. “The law enforcement officers, first responders, medical personnel, faith and spiritual leaders and Central Florida families defined what Florida is all about. We care about each other and we came together when it was needed the most.”
As part of the governor’s proclamation Scott has ordered that U.S. and State of Florida flags be flown at half-staff until Monday at sunset at all state and local buildings, installations and grounds throughout Florida.