A song from dozens is a sign of hope for brighter days in the valley...Two communities gathered as one tonight to reflect and remember the ones they've lost.
Pastor Janet Gleason of the First Methodist Church in Herkimer says, "I think especially today we live very much in our own focus and going through our own day and getting through. And that would be the hope that we begin to appreciate again, that sense of being community, of being neighbor to one another."
Pastor Ann Zimmerman of Trinity Lutheran Church in Herkimer says, "Now's a real good opportunity for us to be united and say it's not or the other but it's all of us together."
Members from both communities gathered tonight and many are still in shock after last week's horrific events.
Jeff Bruce of Mohawk says, "Who would've thought something like that would ever happen in a small community like this. The loss of the four men and the prayers go out for the families and people that lost the loved ones."
Spiritual leaders read from scripture and offered words of comfort as well as time for reflection... But organizers ended the service with a special ceremony to show they will move forward from the tragedy.
Pastor Gleason says, "We're going to light candles and we're going to sing, 'this little light of mine' and we're going to let it shine. Let it shine in Herkimer, let it shine in Mohawk as testimony to even in the darkest night that power of hope."