TALLAHASSEE, Fla, -Today, Governor Rick Scott proclaimed Monday, June 12, 2017 as Pulse Remembrance Day and directed flags to be flown at half-staff in the State of Florida from sunrise to sunset on that day. To view the proclamation, see below or click HERE.
Governor Scott said, “The horrific terror attack at Pulse attempted to rip at the seams of our society, strike fear in our hearts and divide us. Yet, in the face of extreme adversity and loss, Floridians showed resiliency, bravery and love. Over the past year, our state, the city of Orlando and the many Floridians affected by this tragedy 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. 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.
“I encourage all Floridians to pause this Monday at 9 AM to share in a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Pulse Terror attack. This was an attack on Orlando, our state, the Hispanic community and on the LGBTQ community. It left a solemn impact on our state that we will carry with us for the rest of our lives.”
PULSE REMEMBRANCE DAY IN FLORIDA
WHEREAS, on June 12, 2016, a terrorist inspired by ISIS targeted Pulse Nightclub in Orlando and took 49 innocent lives; and
WHEREAS, the LGBTQ and Hispanic communities were viciously attacked during this senseless tragedy; and
WHEREAS, law enforcement and first responders exemplified great bravery and heroism, and put their lives on the line to protect and serve the victims, survivors and families; and
WHEREAS, medical personnel tenderly provided care, compassion, love and support to the patients and families dedicating their lives to heal those that were injured; and
WHEREAS, volunteer and charitable organizations and countless community members came together to restore hope and peace during Orlando’s darkest time of need; and
WHEREAS, one year later, the State of Florida continues to mourn the tragic loss of life and recognize the lasting impact it has on our state and communities; and
WHEREAS, the lives of survivors, families and loved ones forever changed by this senseless and hateful act; and
WHEREAS, we should express our profound sympathy to the families who have lost their loved ones in this tragic event; express gratitude to those who served the Orlando community; and always remember that Florida is resilient and will endure during times of great tragedy.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Scott, Governor of the State of Florida, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by the laws and Constitution of the State of Florida, do hereby:
- Proclaim Monday, June 12, 2017, as Pulse Remembrance Day in Florida in recognition of the 49 innocent lives lost in the horrific attack on Pulse Night Club last year; and
- Establish June 12, 2017 as a day of remembrance to pay tribute to the 49 innocent lives lost at Pulse Nightclub; and
- Ask all residents of Florida to pause for a moment of silence at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017; and
- Direct all State flags in Florida to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Monday, June 12, 2017, in memory of this horrific attack on our state.
(State Gold Seal) IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the Great Seal of
the State of Florida to be affixed, at
Tallahassee, this 9th day of June, 2017.
SECRETARY OF STATE