It is with the deepest sympathy that Mount Pleasant Town Council and our entire community join me in lifting up love and prayers to the Mother Emanuel AME Church and the City of Charleston. In the wake of the horrific tragedy that took the lives of nine innocent souls and tore the fabric of a deeply historic church, our community has come together in grace and healing, seeking unity.

When hatred was inflicted upon the innocents in a sanctuary, the families most afflicted by the loss found solace in the power of love and forgiveness. Their grace and dignity inspired a community, a nation and a world. Charleston became a beacon of sanity in a world gone senseless.

Let us be guided by the actions and words of the members of the Mother Emanuel AME Church as we continue our journey of healing and self-discovery. Let us not be silent in front of evil, lest we become what we most abhor.

I am profoundly humbled by ordinary people doing extraordinary things at this time of need. The spontaneous outpourings of love, strength and healing can stem the tide of hate staining schools, communities and streets across the nation.

Witnessing more than 15,000 people from all walks of life, faiths, races and places of worship form a unity chain across the Ravenel Bridge on June 21 was humbling, awe-inspiring and uplifting.

The Bridge to Peace Walk held Sunday night was a tribute to unity, love, strength and fellowship — a powerful reminder that the hateful outcome instigated by one was not embraced by the many.

I would like to thank all those involved in the Bridge to Peace Walk and the municipal employees on each side of the bridge who worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of all. The Mother Emanuel AME Church has remained buoyant in love and faith through some very dark times, and it is inspiring us to do the same.

Linda Page

Mayor

Town of Mount Pleasant

Ann Edwards Lane

Mount Pleasant