Valencia Remembers: Michael Maguire Donates Imagery to New Pulse Memorial

We’ve hugged, held hands, planted trees, lit candles, shown love every way we can. We’ve stood together to remember the 49 innocent lives we lost, to cherish those who survived and to shout to the world that it’s time for peace, acceptance and love. It’s been two years since so many of us awoke to the news of the Pulse shooting, but we have not forgotten. So many within our Valencia family have remained strong in their commitment to never forget.

Michael Maguire, operations manager, video productions, is one such person. Driven to memorialize the victims of Pulse and emboldened to advocate for peace, Michael contributed to the recently-debuted interim Pulse memorial, displayed at the Pulse nightclub. Created by the onePULSE Foundation, the memorial is a manifestation of hope — a collection of brightly colored images depicting LGBTQ pride and vigils held in the wake of the shooting. As a contribution, Michael donated more than 60 images to the striking memorial, many of which can be viewed by clicking here.

Commenting on his inspiration to partake in the memorial’s creation, Michael said, “My friend of over 20 years, Siclaly “Laly” Santiago-Leon, lost her cousin Luis Daniel Wilson Leon and his boyfriend, Jean Carlos Mendez Perez — both of whom I had met at her surprise birthday party just months prior to the shooting. Needless to say, the 60-plus images I donated to the memorial have a deeper meaning for me.”

For those likewise inspired to do something in honor of their memory, Michael says, “It is my hope that people will consider donating to the onePulse Foundation.”

For more information about the memorial, click here. For details on how you can financially contribute to the foundation and the creation of a permanent memorial, click here.

8 Comments

  • Richard Sansone said:

    Thank you, Michael, your photos are stunning… and it is great that you share your brilliant gift with such a wonderful cause.

    PMTue, 12 Jun 2018 19:40:51 +0000Tue, 12 Jun 2018 19:40:51 +0000pm18,7:40 pm

  • Lisa Gray said:

    Thank you for sharing this gift with the community! It is a beautiful memorial.

    PMTue, 12 Jun 2018 20:11:18 +0000Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:11:18 +0000pm18,8:11 pm

  • Craig B said:

    Michael, how moving. Thank you for capturing the emotion and love our great city and friends. Thank you for sharing this moment through your lens.

    PMTue, 12 Jun 2018 20:57:04 +0000Tue, 12 Jun 2018 20:57:04 +0000pm18,8:57 pm

  • Michelle Sever said:

    Such amazing photos, Michael. One of them, the young boy's face (IMG_ 3142), was most impactful for me; you can sense/feel his emotion. Thank you for sharing.

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 07:57:05 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 07:57:05 +0000am18,7:57 am

  • Becca Toole said:

    You have captured so much love, Michael. Thank you for sharing your talents and work with our college. Beautiful work.

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 08:11:28 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:11:28 +0000am18,8:11 am

  • Kim Long said:

    Thank you for expressing in pictures what we are feeling.

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 08:40:02 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 08:40:02 +0000am18,8:40 am

  • Vannia Ruiz said:

    Wow, Michael all the photos are fantastic!! Great cause.

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 10:33:02 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:33:02 +0000am18,10:33 am

  • Noelia M. said:

    Beautiful work, Michael!

    AMWed, 13 Jun 2018 11:49:25 +0000Wed, 13 Jun 2018 11:49:25 +0000am18,11:49 am

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