Choking back sobs, Poma said she missed everything about Pulse.
The shooting at Pulse, where a man who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group killed 49 people in Florida, was the deadliest mass shooting and the deadliest anti-gay violence in US history.
The gunman, Omar Mateen, 29, opened fire shortly after the last call for drinks on the club's popular Latin night. Two women, one with a rainbow flag in her hair, embraced as the names of the victims were read aloud.
Pulse Nightclub is now being transformed into a permanent memorial. During a standoff with police, Mateen claimed allegiance to Islamic State before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire. Gov. Rick Scott has also ordered flags around Florida to be flown at half-staff on Monday.
Starting in the early hours Monday, and continuing nearly 24 hours later, survivors, victims' families, city officials and central Florida residents will remember the victims with four services.
As part of the governor's proclamation Scott has ordered that US and State of Florida flags be flown at half-staff until Monday at sunset at all state and local buildings, installations and grounds throughout Florida.
"This day is dedicated to the memory and honor of the 49 innocent lives taken at Pulse, reaffirms the community's commitment to survivors and loved ones, as well as recognizes the global compassion and love displayed in the wake of the tragedy", city officials said in a statement.
Outside the perimeter at Pulse, where the fence has been decorated with vibrantly-colored banners, people laid flowers and lit candles early Monday.
"A year later I think the thing that is most important is this community and why I live here and why I'm so happy to live here", Williams said through tears. A crowd gathered around the man holding the sign and chanted, "Love conquers hate" until police escorted the man down the street.
After the massacre, Mateen's wife, Noor Salman, admitted to police that she talked about the attack with Mateen.
Although those officers have returned to regular duty, OPD's review of their actions will remain open until the FBI completes its investigation, a spokeswoman for the department said. She was not present for the attack and has pleaded not guilty.