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49 Bells to Toll in Honor of the Victims of the Pulse Tragedy
Due to COVID-19 the event will be streamed via Social Media
The pre-recorded ceremony will feature remarks from parents of those killed in the attack

 
Families Call Upon Religious and Business Leaders to Join the 49 Bells.

(Orlando, Florida- June 8, 2020) — On Friday June 12, 2020, at 12pm bells will toll 49 times virtually,  for the first time due to COVID 19, in unison around the world as a tribute to the victims lost during the Pulse night club tragedy. Mothers of the victims are calling upon churches, temples, synagogues, mosques and businesses to join them on social media this year by attending and sharing the virtual event and showing solidarity with messages of love and kindness on their public signs. This year, the 49 Bells initiative will be streamed on social media due to the current public health crisis caused by COVID-19 at www.facebook.com/OneOrlandoAlliance

On June 12, 2016, a gunman entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida killing 49 innocent people and injuring dozens more. The Pulse tragedy is one of the largest mass shootings in U.S. history and those victimized were primarily members of the LGBTQ+, Latinx and Black communities.

As the one-year remembrance of the tragedy approached, mothers of the victims launched an effort to find 49 churches around the world willing to toll their bells 49 times in honor of those taken.  In the last 3 years, more than 700 churches in 16 countries  have tolled their bells. 

The tolling of the bells is part of “Acts of Love and Kindness,” a One Orlando Alliance movement grown out of the spirit of giving and good deeds witnessed in the aftermath of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. The movement inspires the Orlando community and beyond to engage in volunteerism, share stories and show support through acts of love and kindness. Those participating in “Acts of Love and Kindness” are encouraged to share their stories on social media using the hashtag: #ActLoveGive

The 49 Bells ceremony will be streamed via the One Orlando Alliance Facebook page at Noon on Friday June 12, 2020. The pre-recorded ceremony will feature remarks from parents of those killed in the attack. Furthermore, the names of the 49 angels will be read by Maria Wright and Fred Wright who lost their son Jerry Wright in the tragedy.

“Bells are sacred. We toll them for death and we ring them for celebration,” said Maria Wright, mother of Jerry Wright, 31 at the time he was tragically killed at Pulse Orlando. “Many faith traditions use bells as they resound within our innermost being. Jerry was a man of great faith and loved God and this was a purposeful way to honor his life, we are so grateful”.

“Hearing those bells was so beautiful and then seeing so many ceremonies posted to Facebook from other states and countries was just amazing, I know Amanda is smiling down,” says Mayra Alvear who lost her daughter, 25 on June 12, 2016. “This year, will be different but definitely however,  we need to continue to honor our angels and the virtual event will be an amazing way for the world to do that. This year, we’ve added a extra bell to remember not only all of those affected by the Pulse tragedy, but those who have lost their lives to COVID 19”, Added, Alvear.

To register your church/business for 2021 or to update the interactive map of those who have registered in the past, fill out the form below.

2017 : 323 participants

2018 : 449 participants

2019 : 612 participant goal

For the loved ones of those taken and as a united community at large, we ask you to join the 49 bells movement of love.

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View Participating Churches from Past Years

In 2017, as the one-year remembrance of the tragedy approached, mothers of the victims launched an effort to find 49 churches around the world willing to toll their bells 49 times in honor of those taken. In response, 323 churches in 9 countries tolled their bells as the City of Orlando and the Orange County Government announced the dedication of June 12, 2017 as “Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness. The occasion recognizes and reaffirms the community’s commitment to the Pulse survivors, family members of the victims and their loves ones, in addition to recognizing an outpour of global compassion and love displayed in the wake of the tragedy. We continued to grow the movement in 2018 and are looking forward to more entities affirming and recognizing in 2019.

“As parents, we don’t want our children to be forgotten, and most importantly, we would love the support of spreading love, not hate, as a message for humankind.” said Mayra Alvear, mother of Amanda Alvear, who was only 25 when she lost her life during the Pulse Shootings.

“Bells are sacred. We toll them for death and we ring them for celebration,” said Maria Wright, mother of Jerry Wright, 31 at the time he was tragically killed at Pulse Orlando. “Many faith traditions use bells as they resound within our innermost being.” With a clear and dedicated mission to honor the 49 victims, a letter has been written to the Pope and other interfaith organizations throughout the world, asking churches to honor the 49 innocent lives taken at Pulse with their bells.

You may leave a message of support to the loved ones of those affected by the Pulse tragedy in the comments section below. Show them the world cares, their loved ones matter and they are not forgotten.

The Bell Tolls for Thee:

Akyra Monet Murray
Alejandro Barrios Martinez
Amanda Lizzette Alvear
Mercedez Marisol Flores
Angel L. Candelario-Padro
Anthony Luis Laureano Disla
Antonio Davon Brown
Brenda Lee Marquez McCool
Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz
Cory James Connell
Darryl Burt II
Deonka Drayton
Eddie Jamol-Droy Justice
Eddie Sotomayor Jr.
Enrique L. Rios, Jr
Eric Ivan Ortiz Rivera
Frank Hernandez
Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez
Geraldo “Drake” A. Ortiz-Jimenez
Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez
Jason Josaphat
Javier Jorge-Reyes
Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez
Jean Carlo Mendez Perez
Jerry Wright
Joel Rayon Paniagua
Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega
Juan Chavez-Martinez
Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez
Juan Ramon Guerrero
Christopher ‘Dru’ Leinonen
Kimberly Morris
Leroy Valentin Fernandez
Luis Daniel Conde
Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon
Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo
Luis S. Vielma
Martin Benitez Torres
Miguel Angel Honorato
Oscar A. Aracena-Montero
Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez
Paul Terrell Henry
Peter Ommy Gonzalez-Cruz
Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala
Shane Tomlinson
Stanley Almodovar III
Tevin Eugene Crosby
Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado
Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan

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