Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week Activities
June 12, 2021 7:00 pm
During the Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week, which will take place from Saturday, June 5 to Saturday, June 12, 2021, a variety of community-wide activities are being held.
Kicking Off the Week
The Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week begins on Saturday, June 5th with the 5th Annual 4.9K CommUNITY Rainbow Run, presented by Orlando Health and Hard Rock International in partnership with the UCF DeVos Sport Business Management Program.
In addition to the 4.9K, which begins and ends at Wadeview Park in downtown Orlando, the event also includes an Old Town Kissimmee Kids Fun Run around Wadeview Park and a virtual option for runners from around the world to join the event by participating in the PNC Bank Virtual Run. The virtual run can be run at any location at the runner’s pace. Last year, runners from every state in the United States and 15 countries and territories participated in the virtual run. To register and for more information, click here.
Capping Off the Week
The Remembrance Week concludes with the Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, June 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. The observance brings together the families of those whose lives were tragically taken and provides them a space to remember their loved ones in peace. The ceremony also honors all who survived, the brave first responders and the trauma teams who sacrificed so much to save so many.
The Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Ceremony will take place at the Pulse Interim Memorial for a limited, invitation-only audience of Pulse families, survivors, first responders and those participating in the live ceremony.
The general public is invited to watch a live stream of the ceremony at Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard FestivalTM, which takes place on its front lawn, including the Seneff Arts Plaza. Dr. Phillips Center’s front lawn became a community gathering place five years ago where people came together to mourn and remember; the lawn was also the site of a first-anniversary remembrance event in 2017.
Guests wishing to view the ceremony in person at Dr. Phillips Center may reserve a free, outdoor, socially distant box with seating for up to five at drphillipscenter.org. Boxes are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and proof of reservation is required to enter. onePULSE Foundation will also make the ceremony accessible on its Facebook page and YouTube Channel.
The Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Week is made possible through the generous support of
Darden Restaurants, Harmony Healthcare, Noodles & Co., Siemens Energy, Skanska USA Building, Inc., Sonny’s BBQ, Truist (in Memory of Juan Ramon Guerrero), and Walt Disney World Resort.
List of Activities Held In Between (subject to change)
- Acts of Love & Kindness – 49 Days leading up to June 12. Partners include One Orlando Alliance, City of Orlando, Orange County Government and onePULSE Foundation. (info)
- Community: Five Years After the Pulse Tragedy exhibition; Orange County Regional History Center; Free to the public the week of June 5 to June 13; runs May 29 – August 15. (info)
- Creating Hope: Honoring those Lost, Supporting those Struggling; 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2; virtual volunteer event hosted by Peer Support Space & Orlando United Assistance Center. Register at: eventbrite.com
- 5th Annual CommUNITY Rainbow Run Presented by Orlando Health & Hard Rock International – 7 a.m. on Saturday, June 5 at Wadeview Park and the PNC Bank Virtual Run. (info)
- Straight Men Real Makeup – 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 6 at HÄOS on Church. Presented by Makeup and Creative Arts and Morphstore.com. Eight straight men will step out of their comfort zone and individually perform a choreographed routine to a song of their choice while dressed in full drag. For tickets: info
- An Evening of Reflection and Promise – 7 p.m. on Monday, June 7 at Dr. Phillips Center Frontyard FestivalTM. One Orlando Alliance hosts this interfaith opportunity to name the effects of the religiously based discrimination on the LGBTQ+ community and create pathways for healing, featuring a panel of LGBTQ+ people of diverse faith and thought backgrounds. (info)
- My Portraits of Pulse: An Orlando United Story – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 8; Dr. Phillips FrontyardFestivalTM. In 2016, the city of Orlando was changed forever by the shooting at Pulse nightclub. The loss of 49 souls from the LGBT and LatinX communities reverberated around the world. JD Casto a professional photographer, would go on to capture thousands of images in the weeks and months to come, experiencing events like no other person. This is the story of Pulse as told through his eyes. (info)
- Central Florida Foundation Virtual Community Conversation: Pulse Remembrance: 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9 (info)
- Overcoming Barriers Between the Faith Community and LGBTQ Community: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9. Virtually and at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. (info)
- ‘Inhala Exhala’ – New Moon Yoga for Pulse Remembrance (5 Years After): 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 10. An event created to gather community members to practice restorative yoga as a way of channeling intentions. Five years after the Pulse tragedy, we pause to acknowledge our emotions and sow seeds of hope and transformation. In-person at The Center (info) and IG live via @qlatinx.
- United We Dance – HÄOS on Church, Hamburger Mary’s, Pepe’s Cantina; 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 10. A night of music and dance to honor the resilience of our community, the City Beautiful, Survivors, First Responders, and our 49. (info)
- 49 Bells at First UMC Orlando – noon on Saturday, June 12. (info)
- PULSE The 5-Year Remembrance – 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 12; National Moderated Panel Discussion; 6 p.m. National Moment of Silence for 49 seconds. Presented by The Coalition For Pulse: 5 Years Later.
- Pulse Remembrance byDeLand Pride – 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. Gathering at Abbey Bar beginning at 2 p.m. From there we will walk down to the corner of New York and Woodland to read the names of the Angels lost on the night of June 12, 2016 and honor all those affected by the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Bring your signs and flags.
- Legacy Work: 5-Year Journey after Pulse Tragedy – 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 Virtual Event hosted byQLatinx. This event is intended for staff members of organizations that have supported survivors and community members affected by the Pulse tragedy 5 years ago. It is going to be facilitated by Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel, an experienced death doula that focuses her work on legacy projects.
- Five-Year Pulse Remembrance Ceremony – 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 12 at the Pulse Interim Memorial (invitation only) with live streaming open to the general public at Dr. Phillips Center Frontyard FestivalTM. Also available on the onePULSE Foundation Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. (info.)
- Remembrance Day Memorial Blood Drive with OneBlood – afternoon of June 12. Location TBD. (info)
- Community Care Rooms After Pulse Remembrance Events: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 13. Virtual Space. QLatinx is holding two virtual community care spaces on June 13th, 2021 for first responders, organizations’ staff, and the community in general.
- Orlando Pride Match “Mission Rainbow” – 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 20 at Exploria Stadium. Celebrate our true colors, as we remember those lost in the Pulse tragedy five years ago and celebrate love in the City Beautiful. Tickets available here.
- Orlando City Match “Pride in Our City” – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 22 at Exploria Stadium. Show your pride in our city, as we remember those we lost in the Pulse tragedy and celebrate love in the City Beautiful. Tickets available here.