Berlin will be holding a special vigil this Saturday, outside the Brandenburg Gate, in memory of the victims of last weeks mass shooting in Orlando, and the iconic monument will shine in the symbolic rainbow colors.
Michael Müller made the announcement on Thursday after many in the Berlin LGBT community requested the tribute. In his announcement, Müller cited the city’s reputation of standing for freedom and diversity, and said: “We in Berlin know from our own experience that freedom is not self-evident and repeatedly must be defended.”
“It applies to all. Sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity or religion can never lead to the restriction of freedom,” Müller added. “With the lighting of the Brandenburg Gate in the rainbow colors of the LGBTI movement in the heart of Berlin, the German capital sends a signal of compassion.”
The vigil will take place at 9pm with the American ambassador reading the names of the 49 killed in the Pulse night club in Orlando, followed by the Brandenburg Gate lighting at 9:45.
Thousands have already signaled on Facebook that they will be attending the vigil, and the city is asking that everyone is bring a candle to be lit in memory.