Community members gathered in San Bernardino Thursday night for a memorial service on the eve of the first anniversary of the terror attack.
The 14 people killed in a horrific mass shooting were remembered by loved ones, San Bernardino residents and the religious community during a service at Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral.
The names of each victim were read as family members placed roses next to their photos.
Emotions were running high for a 16-year-old grieving the death of her mother, Bennetta Betbadal.
“She was my strength and my support. She was always there for me,” said an emotional Jolene Verdehy. “I take every day a step at a time, even though I do have difficulties.”
The congregation heard messages from leaders representing several different faiths, offering messages of hope, including an imam from the Islamic Center of Riverside.
The pain of the injuries and loss of life during the attack was still taking a toll on many in the community.
“Where I work is about a half mile away from where the tragedy happened, so I felt that it was our duty to come and be with the families and just pray together,” said San Bernardino resident Gabby Moreno.
Here are some of the commemorative events:
What: Interfaith service
When and where: Thursday, Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, 2525 N. Arrowhead Ave.
Details: There will be a musical interlude at 6:30 p.m. followed by a procession of interfaith clergy, diocesan priests and deacons at 7 p.m. A reception will follow.
What: Remembrance ceremony
When and where: 8 a.m. Friday, LifeStream blood bank, 384 W. Orange Show Road
Details: LifeStream, whose headquarters is less than a mile from where the mass shooting took place, is holding a ceremony. Invited guests include first responders from San Bernardino and surrounding communities, elected officials and executives and emergency room doctors from local hospitals.
What: Inland Regional Center Bike Ride
Where: San Bernardino Police Department, front steps, 710 N. D St.
When: Check in from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Friday.
Details: The San Bernardino Police Department is hosting a memorial bicycle ride to honor the victims, survivors and others affected by the tragedy. The ride will be 14 miles which is equal to 22 kilometers; one mile for each victim who died and one kilometer for each victim wounded.
What: Dedication of Peace Garden
When and where: 3:30 to 5 p.m. Friday, Cal State San Bernardino, next to Chemical Sciences Building. A reception will follow in room CS 141.
Details: The garden was planted in memory of the five Cal State San Bernardino alumni who died in the tragedy: Robert Adams, Juan Espinoza, Shannon Johnson, Yvette Velasco and Michael Wetzel.
Information: email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What: Arrowhead lighting
When: Friday through Dec. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: The iconic Arrowhead in the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains, just north of Wildwood Park, 40th Street and Waterman Avenue.
Details: The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians will light up The Arrowhead with more than a dozen 120,000-lumen arc lights in memory and tribute to the 14 lives lost in the Dec. 2 terrorist attack.
What: Night of Remembrance
When and where: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Cal State San Bernardino, Coussoulis Arena
Details: Community gathering presented by the San Bernardino Mayor’s Office, Cal State San Bernardino, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, San Bernardino Community College District and others. The event will feature speakers from religious organizations, law enforcement, federal agencies and others.
Information: Evelyn Estrada, 909-384-5133
What: Memorial Mass for victims
Where and when: 10 a.m. Friday, Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery, 3520 E. Washington St.
Details: A memorial Mass will be celebrated in honor of the Dec. 2 victims. All are welcome to participate in prayer.
What: Remembrance ceremony
Were: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, 400 N. Pepper Ave. Event will be at courtyard on the south side of the hospital.
When: 11:30 a.m. to noon, Dec. 2.
Details: Ceremony for staff, visitors and the community to remember Dec. 2 victims. Speakers will include hospital CEO William Gilbert, Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Sayre and Chaplain Miguel Urrea.
What: “San Bernardino Strong: A Community United in Healing and Hope”
When: 6:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Loma Linda University Church, 11215 Campus St.
Details: There will be short presentations and commemorations, followed by a screening of the 45-minute documentary, “San Bernardino Strong,” created by the Loma Linda University Health films team. The film may not be suitable for young children.
What: 14-mile memorial bike ride
When and where: Participants will depart from Cyclery USA, 415 Tennessee St., Suite A, at 7:30 a.m. Friday and ride to the Inland Regional Center memorial site at Waterman Avenue and Orange Show Road in San Bernardino. The bike ride is free.
Information: Facebook.com (search 1st Annual Inland Empire Cycling Community Ride)
What: Walk for Peace
When and where: Noon Friday, University of Redlands chapel
Details: Participants will walk across campus to remember those who were lost and demonstrate solidarity against stereotypes. Sponsored by the Middle Eastern Student Association.
What: “Trauma, Loss and Transcendence”
When and where: 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at UC Riverside Culver Center of the Arts, 3834 Main St.
Details: The interactive event will include a sound and video installation and a concert featuring the world premiere of two pieces by Paulo C. Chagas, a music professor at UC Riverside, and Martin Jaroszewicz, a scholar in residence at UCR. Admission is free.
What: The people behind the Incredible Edible Community Garden will plant a Healing Grove Memorial honoring Harry “Hal” Bowman of Upland and the 13 other people who died in the terrorist attack. The grove will have 14 trees.
When and where: 10 a.m. Saturday, San Antonio Park, North Mountain Avenue and West 24th Street
Details: Attendees are asked to bring shovels and work gloves.
Information: Facebook.com (search Incredible Edible Community Garden)
What: The Savannah Adams College Tuition Fund Golf Tournament and Banquet.
When and Where: 8 a.m. Dec. 2, Yucaipa Valley Golf Club, 33725 Chapman Heights Road.
Details: Proceeds from the golf tournament will go to a college fund for Savannah Adams, the 2-year-old daughter of shooting victim Robert Adams.