CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A service to remember the victims and honor the survivors and members of the Emanuel AME church was held on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 10 a.m. at TD Arena in downtown Charleston.
Emanuel AME service
The service is ecumenical, mean encompassing all churches and denominations.
Only ticket holders were allowed inside the arena.
At the event, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said the shootings at Emanuel AME Church changed the state. But she says for her it’s not about an anniversary because she thinks of the victims every day.
Haley attended the funerals of the nine people killed in the shootings and she told those gathered for a communitywide service Friday she keeps the funeral programs as a daily reminder.
She said she has gotten to know the families and learn about the victims. In moving remarks during the service, she held up each funeral program and shared a remembrance of each.
She said after the massacre in South Carolina instead of protests there were vigils and instead of protests there were hugs. Friday is the anniversary of the shootings in which nine parishioners were killed and three wounded during a Bible study.