We attended it as we had planned. Upon arriving we wrote our condolences on a scroll (more a very large banner), that will be presented from the City of Fort Lauderdale to the City of Orlando.

Held in a 1200-seat theatre, it featured songs by the Gay Men's Chorus of South Florida, and live performance excerpts from 2 Broadway musicals, the song selections pertinent to this memorial. It was conceived & hosted by the Fort Lauderdale Vice-Mayor (and our personal attorney), who to our knowledge is the only gay member of the City Commission.

Speakers included 3 Members of Congress. One was Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). She gave a fiery speech, interrupted many times by thunderous applause, and she got 4 tumultuous standing ovations. The loudest and most extended were when she demanded the end of sales of military-grade weapons to civilians, and enacting more stringent background checks prior to purchasing weapons & ammunition.

On a personal note, I think attending the service was helpful to my husband in coming out of his depression regarding Orlando, the deepest I've ever seen in him. Tomorrow is our Stonewall Street Festival, and I'm sure that will be good for him, too.

BTW, the security for the festival is unprecedented for this community. Surveillance cameras were installed on many light posts, wirelessly transmitting to communications vans with tall antennas. These vans in turn relay to a regional crisis command center, to dispatch additional resources on demand.

I expect an increased police presence, but I hope it'll be as unobtrusive and friendly as it always is. Having heavily equipped SWAT teams mingling with the crowds is not something I want to see.