OKLAHOMA CITY — The OnePulse Foundation Board from Orlando visited the OKC National Memorial & Museum Friday.
"No life should be taken where tears aren't shed," Mayor Teresa Jacobs, of Orange County, said. "It's been a year and a half and I am incredibly proud of how strong our community has been."
Finding that strength after a horrific tragedy, it's something our city faced in the days following April 19th, 1995.
Over 20 years later, in June of 2016, 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, killing 49 people and injuring 58 others.
This horrific act of hatred and violence has brought our community closer together," Mayor Jacobs said.
That's why Orlando is looking at how Oklahoma City honors those killed during the first domestic terror attack on U.S. soil.
"I'd always known about it. It's part of our history. I happen to be a history buff myself, and I love museums. So whenever I travel, I would bring my family through the museum in that city," Barbara Poma, the owner of Pulse Nightclub, said.
Now, she is using our national memorial as a resource as they plan to build one of their own.
"I think the way you guys tell your story here is so impactful. I think from minute to minute to minute just throughout that day, really helped capture the story," Poma said.
It's a story of tragedy and loss, but also hope and healing for a community broken by a horrific act, an experience we're all too familiar with.
"For so many in our LGBT community, Pulse was that one safe place. Where they were accepted, where they were understood, where they were not judged, where they could come and have fun and be people," Mayor Jacobs said.
OnePulse Foundation is working on the planning phase for a memorial.
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