Remembering the 49 lives lost at Pulse Nightclub

Thousands gathered in Orlando Monday night to remember the victims killed in the deadliest terror attack on USA soil since 9-11.This marks one year since 49 people lost their lives in the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla. Forty-nine people were killed at the Pulse Nightclub and more than 50 others were injured when a gunman who declared alliance to the Islamic State opened fire inside the gay nightclub. "But I also know that the strength you've shown over the past year will carry you through today and in the future".

The service began what would be nearly 24 hours of solemn remembrances. We've come to gather as a community and instead of being separated by our sexual orientation. Many of those fatally shot at the club were gay. "And it's been kind of hard to figure out as a community, and I think that Sacramento has done a really great job of rallying around our community, our LBGT-plus community, and wrapping their arms around it to protect us", said Kelsie Hale, who attended the vigil.

At noon, church bells throughout the Orlando area rang 49 times. Gov. Rick Scott ordered USA flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff and a giant rainbow flag would be unveiled at the Orange County government building.

Chelsea Nylen reacts while visiting the memorial outside the Pulse Nightclub on the one-year anniversary of the shooting in Orlando, Florida, U.S., June 12, 2017.

Poma said it was important to her to begin the day of remembrance at the nightclub at midnight Sunday and end it there at midnight Monday. But she said she is grateful for the outpouring of support. Eventually the site will become a permanent, national memorial to honor the victims and survivors.

"It still hurts, it's still very raw", said Erin Anderson, a friend and former co-worker of Pulse victim Xavier Serrano Rosado. "I miss everything it stood for". "The solution to that is love and acceptance", Murrieta said.