onePULSE Foundation Opened an Interim Memorial to the Public Today

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onePULSE Foundation, the official nonprofit managing the design, construction, and operation of a permanent museum and memorial to the June 12, 2016 tragedy, opened the temporary interim memorial to the public today. The interim memorial is open to the public while planning and design of the permanent memorial are underway. The Foundation’s Design and Construction Committee, led by Vicki Berman, reviewed and approved the interim design, and will soon begin efforts to oversee the design of the permanent memorial and museum.

 To mark today’s public opening, the foundation joined with families, survivors, first responders, and civic and spiritual leaders to dedicate the interim memorial, which will provide a place for commemoration and reflection. 

“Everything you will experience here is intentional. It has purpose,” said onePULSE Foundation Executive Director Barbara Poma during her closing remarks. She went on to say, “I know we all reflect on the way our Orlando community responded immediately after the tragedy, but this Interim Memorial is a true testament to how people continue to respond. It is just utterly heartwarming how everyone still wants to be a part of what happens here. Orlandoans truly love their city, their people, their family.”

From onePULSE Foundation:

As we move to create a permanent memorial and museum to honor the 49 precious lives that were taken, we also know the importance of ensuring the families, survivors, first responders, and the community continue to have a place to reflect on what happened here,” explained onePULSE Foundation Executive Director Barbara Poma. “The interim memorial will provide areas to leave messages, and will include seating, shade, lighting, and trees – creating a meaningful and inviting space while planning is under way.

June 12, 2016 was an historic day in Orlando’s history, and we are dedicated to ensuring that the lives taken, all those affected, and the outpouring of public support are not forgotten,” said Pam Schwartz, Chief Curator of the Orange County Regional History Center. “We will use the utmost care and sensitivity in preserving the items that were so lovingly created and placed here – they will be integral as the onePULSE Foundation plans the museum.

  The process for creating the design was led by Kody Smith, Christina Hite and Greg Bryla, of the landscape architecture firm of Dix.Hite + Partners, and David Stone of Phil Kean Design, working together with onePULSE Foundation’s Memorial Task Force. The Foundation’s Design and Construction committee, led by Vicki Berman, reviewed and approved the interim design. This committee will lead the charge of the construction with Rial Jones of Jones Clayton Construction.

 

Information about the continuing efforts, details of the interim memorial design, and a full list of memorial task force members can be found atwww.onePULSEFoundation.org.

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