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Frenchmen traveling across America in a Jeep in memory of Pulse victims stop at Tampa's Pride Parade

Project creators want to spread hope and unity
Posted at 8:27 PM, Mar 25, 2017

Two friends from France are traveling across America in a Jeep, bearing the names of victims in the Pulse nightclub attack. They are trying to share a message of peace, hope and unity.

The men started the project because they were personally impacted by the terrorist attack at the Bataclan Theatre in Paris nearly two years ago, losing friends in that tragedy.

After the Pulse shooting last summer in Orlando, the friends felt compelled to spread a message of hope and unity.

They came up with the idea to visit places impacted by attacks. When they stopped in Orlando, they put the initials of the Pulse victims on the Jeep. They also got signatures from survivors of the attack, along with hand prints of their friends and family members.

The friends have since traveled to several states, even going to Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to get signatures from leaders in Congress.

At every stop they make, the two encourage human physical connection by touching hands with people they meet.  It is a movement they hope will inspire others to make a difference, while encouraging peace.

"We're just people, citizens of the world, and we should all be united as one," said Manuel Frederic, of Let's ALL Connect. "We started here because this is the United States. People from all over the world living together in peace, or should be living together peacefully and that's what we're trying to reconnect here."

So far, Manuel and his friend Alex Tisba, have taken the Jeep to 25 states. They have plans to take it to all 50 states. They say the reception everywhere they've been has been overwhelmingly positive.

Their next big goal is to get President Obama's signature in the middle, since he was the leader of the nation when the Pulse attack occurred.

Ultimately, the Frederic and Tisba want the Jeep to return to Orlando, so it can one day be part of a Pulse memorial.