#OrlandoUnited Pulse Vigil at Lake Eola

Orlando is my home, my city, and tonight it stole my heart.

Over 50,000 people gathered at Lake Eola in an overwhelming display of compassion, remembrance, and love. I have never been prouder to be a part of this town, and among the people who became family tonight as we stood together for the victims of the horrific events at Pulse Orlando this past week.

Below are photographs I took throughout the night; I attempted to captured as best I could the feeling of being at such an amazing vigil and ceremony.

To the thousands who came out in support, you showed the world the true meaning of Orlando United.

 Many wore and displayed pride flags in support of the Pulse victims and equality. 

Many wore and displayed pride flags in support of the Pulse victims and equality. 

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 Couples shared intimate moments in the grass of the Lake

Couples shared intimate moments in the grass of the Lake

 Hundreds wrote personal messages to the victims on the enormous "OrlandoUnited" banner.

Hundreds wrote personal messages to the victims on the enormous "OrlandoUnited" banner.

 A perfectly timed rainbow appeared minutes before the ceremony began.

A perfectly timed rainbow appeared minutes before the ceremony began.

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 Free Hugs were given a plenty.

Free Hugs were given a plenty.

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 This man sat at the water's edge and gave out flowers to any who wanted one.

This man sat at the water's edge and gave out flowers to any who wanted one.

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 The main memorial stack of flowers.

The main memorial stack of flowers.

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 Orlando locals of all ages came out in support.

Orlando locals of all ages came out in support.

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 Thousands held their candles up during the silent vigil at the end of the ceremony.

Thousands held their candles up during the silent vigil at the end of the ceremony.

Thank you for reading,

Steven