NEW YORK — Governor Cuomo announced a monument will be made to honor the 49 victims of the Orlando mass shooting Sunday morning.
Cuomo spoke at the LGBT Community Center before the kickoff to the Pride parade.
A commission of 10 people will come together to pick an artist and design the memorial. The city plans to put the monument in Battery Park City or Chelsea Piers on the western edge of Greenwich Village.
“We want a monument built to the victims of Orlando and the victims of hate crimes everywhere,” Cuomo said in the press conference.
Cuomo said the state will pledge up to $1 million for the monument creation. The commission will be selected Sunday.
“We want this terrible event remembered, and we want the lesson learned so it never happens again,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo also designated Stonewall Inn as New York state’s historic site. President Obama also designated Stonewall Inn a national monument Friday, becoming the first to honor LGBT rights.