CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department plans to close several streets this weekend during the city's observance of the one year anniversary of the shooting at Mother Emanuel AME.
Friday, June 17, an Ecumenical Service will be held at the College of Charleston TD Arena at 10:00 a.m. remembering the Mother Emanuel nine and honor the survivors and members of Mother Emanuel AME Church.
The following streets will close at 6:00 a.m. Friday with specific reopening times:
Meeting Street between John Street and Wentworth.
Meeting Street between John Street and Calhoun Street will reopen at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Meeting Street between Calhoun Street and Wentworth Street will remain closed until the conclusion of the service.
George Street between King Street and Anson Street will reopen at the conclusion of the event.
Burns Lane between King Street and Meeting Street will reopen at the conclusion of the event.
Calhoun Street between King Street and Elizabeth Street will reopen as soon as possible.
Henrietta Street between Meeting Street and Elizabeth Street will reopen as soon as possible.
Police Chief Greg Mullen said Tuesday, there are a limited number of tickets available to the public for the service.
Everyone will need a ticket in order to get into the TD Arena, no exceptions.
"All items going into the service there will be screened," Mullen said. "We're asking people to help us by not bringing huge purses or bags. " Mullen adds two forms of screenings will take place at the arena, the first in the initial check-in area, then closer to the seating area of the arena.
Saturday, June 18, a "Walk of Unity and Thanksgiving" will start at Marion Square at 11:00 a.m., along with a Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication on the Gaillard Center Lawn on Calhoun Street.
The following streets will close at varying time Saturday:
Meeting Street from George Street to John Street will be closed to traffic during the walk from Marion Square to the Gaillard Lawn. The closure will be at approximately 10:45 a.m. and reopen as soon as possible.
Calhoun Street between King Street and Meeting Street will close to traffic during the walk from Marion Square to the Gaillard Lawn. The closure will be at approximately 10:45 a.m. and reopen as soon as possible.
Calhoun Street between Meeting Street and Alexander Street will close to traffic at 8:00 a.m. and reopen early afternoon.
Henrietta Street between Meeting Street and Elizabeth Street will close to traffic at 9:00 a.m. and reopen early afternoon.
Elizabeth Street between Charlotte Street and Calhoun Street will close to traffic at 9:00 a.m. and reopen early afternoon.
Anson Street between Calhoun Street and George Street will close to traffic at 9:00 a.m. and reopen early afternoon.
As for security, expect to see a high volume of law enforcement.
"We want to make sure everyone participating remain vigilant," Mullen said. "If you see anything suspicious please notify us as law enforcement so we can address that."
Mullen said the security presence will "be very visible".
"We want people to know we're there," he said. "We'll have people in uniform as well as in plain clothes mingling at different locations. We're going to do everything we can to make this a very secure, respectful and dignified event."
Security for the TD Arena will be very similar to what was in place last year for Senator Clementa Pinckney's funeral.
"At this point we're not anticipating the President being here, so there's a small contingency in terms of the VIPs and escorts," Mullen said. "However the remainder of the screenings and those types of things are very consistent with last year."
In light of the shooting in Orlando Sunday, officials add security is of the utmost importance heading into the weekend.
"We're going to have agencies from the local, state and federal level," Mullen said. "We'll have representative from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Mt. Pleasant Police Department, representatives from SLED, as well as representatives from the FBI."
Police are also urging those who plan to attend the events downtown to leave early in order to make it to your destination on time.
The department has established a Joint Information Center and citizens can call the center at (843) 619-6133 with questions about street closures or updates.