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Crosses Honoring Orlando Pulse Victims Moved For Preservation

Mayra Alvear moves the cross of her daughter's friend from the Orlando Regional Medical Center memorial./Photo: Catherine Welch
Mayra Alvear lost her daughter Amanda, and Amanda's friend Mercedez Flores./Photo: Catherine Welch
The line of 49 crosses waiting to be moved from the edge of Lake Beauty outside Orlando Regional Medical Center./Photo: Catherine Welch
Truck waits as crosses are loaded to be taken to the Orange County Regional History Center./Photo: Catherine Welch
Greg Zanis, a retired carpenter from Aurora Illinois, said it took him “three solid days” to make the crosses./Photo: Catherine Welch
Orlando Commissioner Patty Sheehan helps load crosses into moving van./Photo: Catherine Welch
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayra Alvear wait in line to help move the crosses. Dyer called the move part of the healing process./Photo: Catherine Welch
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says the city is working on creating a permanent memorial to mark the June 12, 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting./Photo: Catherine Welch
The crosses will be preserved at the Orange County Regional History Center with other objects collected from memorials at Lake Eola and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts./Photo: Catherine Welch
Several gather to pay their respects at the Orlando Regional Medical Center memorial on June 26, 2016./Photo: Catherine Welch
Most of the survivors were treated at Orlando Regional Medical Center where this memorial appeared shortly after the shooting. This is how it appeared on June 26, 2016./Photo: Catherine Welch
Memorial objects have been cleared from the Orlando Regional Medical Center sign and preserved for history./Photo: Catherine Welch

The 49 wooden crosses honoring the Pulse nightclub victims were moved Tuesday morning for historic preservation. The mother of one victim helped moved the crosses from outside Orlando Regional Medical Center.

Dozens watched silently as Mayra Alvear lifted the cross honoring her daughter Amanda and moved it into a waiting truck. Then one by one the remaining 48 crosses were removed from the edge of Lake Beauty outside the hospital.

Alvear says it was the grace of God that she was here to help move the crosses. “I’m so thankful that it did, and that everything was done with respect and honor,” she said. “Love wins. Love, not hate.”

An Illinois man made and delivered the crosses to the memorial outside Orlando Regional Medical Center shortly after the mass shooting. They will be preserved at the Orange County Regional History Center with other items from Pulse memorials.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says it’s been a tough 30 days since the shooting. “I think moving the crosses is part of the healing process,” said Dyer, “to help us start getting to where we need to be in that next step.”

Orlando Health will create a paver garden outside the hospital to honor the nightclub victims.

It’s too early to name an exact location or a permanent memorial, said Dyer, but it could possibly be built at the site of the Pulse nightclub.

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