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Honoring Pulse After Four Years

June 12, 2020
Press Release

ORLANDO, FL – Rep. Demings (FL-10) today released the following statement. The Pulse nightclub is in Rep. Demings’ congressional district in Orlando.

Said Rep. Demings, “49 lost friends. 53 carrying wounds temporary or permanent. Four years after Pulse, I remain assured that 'Orlando Strong' was never just a slogan. It was a promise. We promised to support each other, to love each other, and to never forget those we lost, nor those who are still with us.

“I am inspired by the passion of the advocates who have turned tragedy into action; who saw the tragedy of Parkland and said 'I know what you've been through, and I can help.' I draw faith from the quiet strength of those who have continued on in the face of such unbearable loss, even if it's just one day at a time. I stand with you. We all stand with you.

“My bishop once called the Pulse nightclub a place for ‘late-night fellowship.’ Dance, laughter, friendship, love — it sounds so basic, but when it can be taken from you in an instant, you see how precious it is. Late night fellowship is worth fighting for. Our lives, and the lives of our children, are worth fighting for. Today, tomorrow, and the next day, we recommit ourselves to the struggle.

“Four years later, even as we continue to fight for the equal rights of every person, I know that we will win, because Love Wins. Even as we fight to rid America of gun violence, I know that right makes might, and together we continue to be Orlando Strong.”