A bell, like the one pictured above, rang out at churches across the world to remember the 49 victims of the Pulse nightclub attack in Orlando, Fla.
Monday's ringing took four minutes. In the wake of the attack past year, Orlando natives came out in droves to help in any way they could, even if it was just to donate blood. It was the single worst shooting in USA history. "We're sad about the loss, and we want the community to come together".
Both Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said the kindness shown after the tragedy is what will be remembered most.
It was a year ago today that the world woke up to the news of a tragic incident at a gay nightclub in Orlando-the deadliest mass shooting in USA history.
Forty-nine people were killed and more than 50 others were injured on June 12, 2016, when a gunman opened fire on the gay nightclub.
Williams knew numerous victims because she used to live within walking distance of Pulse and was a frequent visitor.
"We will always bear the scars of the Pulse tragedy and grieve for those whose lives were cut short", Mina said. She knew the family of Luis Vielma, who was killed in the club that night.
Outside the nightclub, the Associated Press reports, hundreds of people gathered in the early hours of the morning, as the names of all of the 49 victims were read aloud.
All U.S. flags in the state will also be flown half-staff, Gov. Rick Scott announced.
Nightclub owner Barbara Poma spoke during the ceremony as she closed out 24 hours of honoring the victims.
Police shot and killed Mateen during the massacre.
Murrieta previously lived in Orlando.
Monday's services culminated several days of events aimed at turning the grim anniversary into something positive.
After the massacre, Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, admitted to police that she talked about the attack with Mateen.
I'm not going to change my whole life just because some jerk chose to do what he did.I don't want to hate to win.
A fundraising "Rainbow Run" took place over the weekend and a businessman donated thousands of dollars to eight gay and lesbian students for their college studies.