Crosses for 49 Pulse victims have new home

- The 49 crosses dedicated to the 49 Pulse victims have a new home: the Orange County Regional History Center.

An artist from Illinois made them and planted them along lake beauty at the Orlando Health campus since the Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12. Early Tuesday morning history center worker carefully removed all the decorations on the 49 tribute crosses.

“The boxes that we’re putting items in are acid free boxes so they don’t give off any gases or anything to further deteriorate the items,” said the Orange County Regional History Center Director Michael Perkins.
 
Then it was removing the bare crosses from Orlando Health to a permanent home, at the history center in downtown.  It was difficult to do for some like Mayra Alevar. She was overwhelmed with emotion as she picked up her daughter’s cross.  
 
“I’m very honored to be here, I wasn’t expecting to be here just by the grace of God that this happened and I’m so thankful that it did and everything was done with respect and honor,” said Alevar, her daughter Amanda was one of the 49 victims killed a month ago.
 
The crosses are gone, but the victims will not be forgotten. The city announced a permanent memorial site at Orlando Regional Medical Center, the paver garden. Stones will have the names of all the victims around Lake Beauty.
 
Orlando Police escorted the truck carrying the crosses to the history center, a place where they can be preserved and people can come to remember the 49 people who lost their lives.
 
“It’s far too early to make any decisions what may end up happening to these items as far as exhibitions or memorials,” said Perkins.
 
So far the history center has collected more than 2,000 memorial items since the Pulse shooting.
 

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