“Orlando Love — Remembering Our Angels” will join “Orlando United Day” in honoring the lives of those taken during the Pulse tragedy.
Orlando Love is an evening of entertainment and remembrance that piggybacks “Orlando United Day — a Day of Love and Kindness,” a collaboration with the City of Orlando, Orange County and Pulse to. The day offers the opportunity to offer acts of love to continue the unity that followed the massacre of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub.
“What happened at Pulse was the darkest day in our city’s history, and we continue to grieve for the victims and fight for those who are still suffering,” Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan said. “This June 12, our entire LGBTQ community and our allies need to stand together and continue to show that we are a strong, united city that responds with love.”
Orlando Love will be held at Lake Eola Park, where the community gathered last year for one of the most moving candlelight tributes.
Entertainment begins at 7 p.m. when the “Queen of Merenque,” Olga Tañón, and the DanceIt Dance Studio Ballroom Dancers perform “Hallelujah.” Central Florida native Sisaundra Lewis, a semi-finalist in season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice,” will dedicate her song, “Applause,” to those who were at Pulse. Broadway performers and From Broadway With Love Choir will sing “What the Worlds Needs Now.”
Rounding out the evening are performandes by: the Orlando Gay Chorus, violinist Jose Luis Navarro, The Venue’s Blue Star, actress Peg O’Keef, the CFCA Choral Group, the Orlando Firefighters Pipes and Drums and the Pipes and Drums of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
Artists including Michael Pilato, designer of numerous murals around the city, will be available to discuss their art, which will be on display at the park’s Washington Square Plaza.
In conjunction with “Acts of Love and Kindness,” a volunteer fair will help unite over 20 local LGBTQ+ organizations with prospective volunteers beginning at 5 p.m.
The Orlando Angel Force, a group of 49 volunteers wearing angel wings, will have a presence throughout the event. The Angel Force, organized by the GLBT Center of Central Florida, has been a symbol of hope and compassion during numerous Pulse events.
“Orlando Love — Remembering Our Angels” is being produced by local volunteers and is supported through donations.
“Orlando United Day” includes the 10:30 a.m. unveiling of the Sea-to-Sea Flag, a symbol of the LGBTQ movement, symbolizing acceptance, understanding, education, solidarity and inclusion at the Orange County Administration Center.
Throughout the day, members of the community can visit the Pulse nightclub. A ceremony will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with community speakers, reflective prayers, a reading of the 49 names, a display of 49 wreaths and music by Violectric.
The Orange County History Center will open for 10 a.m to 7 p.m to display the Expanded One Orlando Collection and Digital Gallery of images and items collected at the Pulse memorial sites.
The final tribute will be held at 10 p.m. at Pulse with prayer, live music, inspirational dance and reflection.