Less than a month after a gunman shot and killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, Puerto Rico has installed its very first monument to honor them.
On June 26, Carmen Yulín, mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, visited San Juan’s Third Millennium Park to commemorate this special monument created by artist Alberto de la Cruz.
The monument features 6 colorful columns and on the base of the plaque has an inscription to the 23 Puerto Ricans that were fatally shot at the Pulse nightclub.
The plaque also contains the beautiful words that fellow Puerto Rican and 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said during his acceptance speech at the 2016 Tony awards.
“This tribute to life strengthens our commitment to fight hate — the product of homophobia — with love and respect. Our slogan resounds in all our hearts: Love is love, is love, is love. . . ”
“Today, we celebrate life,” said San Juan mayor Carmen Yulín
“We must work together to eradicate discrimination and homophobia. We must raise our voice for justice, and the equality of each of us who are human. We must aspire to have a country where everyone is equal, and no one is judged for who they love," Yulín said during the special ceremony during Puerto Rico's gay pride celebration.