City officials estimated that 15,000 people showed up for the memorial ceremony Monday evening at Lake Eola Park. "And we took care of one another", Poma said.
"Following the Pulse tragedy, we showed the world that Orlando would not be defined by the act of a hate-filled killer, but instead defined by our response of love, compassion and unity", Mayor Buddy Dyer wrote in a blog post.
There was a special attendee at the event, Eric Richardson.
Jose Ramirez who survived the mass shooting at the Pulse gay nightclub visits the site.
"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", Patty Sheehan, the openly gay Orlando City Commissioner, said this spring.
That's where Richardson first met Drayton's uncle and learned her story.
Monday night a vigil will be held behind Badlands in the Lavender Heights district at 8 p.m. Richardson was asked to represent them and Dee Dee at Grand Strand Pride's event. An exhibit of artwork from various memorial sites will also be on display at the Orange County History Center.
"What a terrorist tries to do is divide us", said U.S. Sen.
Barbara Poma plans to convert Pulse into a memorial and museum.
Holding hostages during his standoff with police, Mateen claimed allegiance to a leader of the Islamic State militant group before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with authorities. "I feel like every piece that they collected was deliberate and serves a point and it just ties back to remembering those 49 people and spreading love". She said she hopes honoring the memory of those lost will bring good change to communities around the country. His wife, Noor Salman pleaded not guilty to obstructing justice and aiding and abetting Mateen in providing material support to ISIS.