June 12th is a day that will forever be a day of remembrance for the 49 victims lost in the Pulse Nightclub tragedy. On this day, two years ago, the Central Florida community came together as one and continues to come together still. Today, the Walt Disney World community of cast members had an opportunity to do just that: come together to spread hope, unity, and peace during a remembrance event held for the victims and survivors at Mickey’s Retreat. The event, hosted by the Walt Disney World Diversity Resource Groups, offered those in attendance words of love and kindness by Maribeth Bisienere, Senior Vice President of Walt Disney World Parks, including a moment of silence as the names of the victims were read aloud by the PRIDE and HOLA Diversity Resource Group leaders, Juliana Trujillo and Carlos Jimenez, followed by a moving musical number by the Orlando Gay Choir.
In an effort to continue to spread kindness today and every day, all attendees were also provided with kindness cards and encouraged to give one to a colleague, friend, or family member.
“We cannot undo the past. We cannot change what happened,” Maribeth said, “but there’s no doubt in my mind that we can change the trajectory of what happens with the people we touch and the people we speak to. We can inspire hope, we can inspire healing, and every single act of love and kindness and interaction…it does matter.”