The day before the anniversary of a tragedy Seal Beach residents can’t forget, locals will take some time to remember.
On Oct. 11 -- the day before the one-year anniversary of mass shooting at Salon Meritage that claimed the lives of eight people -- the city will hold a candlelight remembrance at 7 p.m. at Eisenhower Park to honor the victims.
In a statement, the Seal Beach Police Department said that event would “acknowledge the resiliency and enduring spirit of the Seal Beach community police.
Candles will be provided, and organizers encourage attendees to wear white as a sign of peace.
Free parking will be available at the Eighth and Tenth Street beach lots from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. for those in attendance, according to authorities.
On the same day, grief counselors from the Crisis Response Team will be available from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the nearby Mary Wilson Library at 707 Electric Avenue.
Grace Community Church will leave its doors open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m for prayer and reflection.
Scheduled speakers include Mayor Michael Levitt, City Manager Jill Ingram, Seal Beach Police Department Interim Police Chief Keith Kilmer, OCFA Chief Dan Hanson, CSP Victim Assistance Program Director Heather Williams and SBPD Chaplain Don Shoemaker.
Chaplain George Vogel will be offering a benediction during the ceremony.
On Oct. 12, St. Anne’s Catholic Church at 340 10th Street will perform a memorial mass at 9 a.m. and ring their church bell nine times in remembrance of the victims.
The bells will ring at 1:12 p.m. the time of the initial event.
St. Anne’s will remain open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. for reflection and prayer.
Grief counselors will also be available on Oct. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marina Community Center at 151 Marina Drive.
For more information contact Sgt. Steve Bowles at (562) 799-4100 ext. 1160.