On June 12, 2016, people's worst nightmare came true.
In Orlando, Florida, the nightclub Pulse was attacked by ISIS member Omar Mateen. Forty-nine men and women died. The one-year anniversary of the deaths is approaching, so owner Barbara Poma wanted to do something special. While Pulse was once a place to dance and drink, the club will be transformed into a memorial. "The creation of the memorial will involve input from the community, including survivors and victims' family members," according to Poma. She's encouraging the men and women to have an instrumental part in the construction of the tribute. She wants the area to be a place of love, acceptance, and commemoration. While a horrific tragedy happened, love should always trump hate.
"The mission 'is to create a sanctuary of hope around this tragic day in American history,' according to the onePULSE Foundation website. Poma said she wants the memorial to be a place of change, education and remembrance," states an ABC News article.
On the foundation's website, it's clear that Pulse will be resurrected in the most important way. Poma, survivors, and loved ones of the lives lost will all partake in the memorial's construction. However, the project will take time. Hopefully, individuals won't have to wait too long. The memorial already sounds badass. "This fund will support the construction and maintenance of the memorial, community grants to care for the survivors and victims' families, an educational program to promote amity among all segments of society, endowed scholarships for each of the 49 angels and a museum showcasing the historic artifacts and stories from the event," the vision statement reads.
While the community's still in mourning, people can take solace in the foundation and its promise. Poma says it best herself: We will not let hate win.