Residents from Paradise, California gathered Friday to remember those lost in last year’s camp fire.
The memorial service took place in the Paradise Performing Arts Center — one of the few buildings left standing.
Representatives from 20 different faiths honored each of the 85 people who lost their lives in the fire.
For some, it was a time to let go.
For others, it was an opportunity to connect with the ravaged community and make new friends.
“You know a lot of people say ‘I don’t know them.’ but they’re still our neighbors, they’re our community members,” said Pastor Garrison Chaffee.
“The disaster that it is. Those people, all of us have once again connected and created our own community. To see and be with family and friends and strangers that I don’t know, to support them. Yes, it’s a grand way to connect,” said Jeudie Lovell, a resident
The camp fire destroyed almost 14,000 homes and more than 500 businesses over two and a half weeks.