Pulse Tribute Crosses
Moved by the June 12 Pulse Nightclub shooting, Illinois carpenter Greg Zanis created a wooden cross for each of the 49 who perished. On June 16, after driving 1200 miles to Orlando, he placed them alongside Lake Beauty on the Orlando Health campus, just outside Orlando Regional Medical Center. There, each cross became a growing memorial for those lost in the shooting.
On July 12, the History Center transferred the crosses into its One Orlando Collection. History Center staff carefully cleaned each cross and catalogued items left in tribute to the victims for permanent preservation. These crosses are pieces of Orlando’s history, preserved in a moment in time.