CHARDON, Ohio -- "One community, one heartbeat, healing together."
That's the message proudly displayed on the main sign of Chardon Square.
And that's what community members are doing today on the one-year mark of the tragedy at Chardon High School.
It was a walk to remember, as Chardon High School students, faculty, and the community gathered for a Day of Remembrance and Renewal Wednesday.
"This is what the students wanted to do. They wanted to say thank you and give back to everyone that has give to us," said Andy Fetchik, principal.
Students walked from Chardon High School to the gazebo on Chardon Square.
Every step symbolized a move forward. Every tear symbolized what was lost one year ago.
Three students were killed: Danny Parmertor, 16, Demetrius Hewlin, 16, and Russell King, Jr., 17.
Wednesday, the students walked right into the arms of the Chardon community, who has offered unconditional support the past year.
"We don't want to be remembered for the tragedy. We want to be remembered for the strength and the unity we have together as a community," said Joseph Bergant III, superintendent.
Other events are planned for Wednesday evening, including a candlelight vigil, memorial concert and release of lanterns.
Read more on the day of remembrance in the blog below.