Haley: 'Day of Prayer' a reminder of state's faith and action in tragedy

Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at Mother Emanuel AME Tuesday (Source: Live 5)
Gov. Nikki Haley speaks at Mother Emanuel AME Tuesday (Source: Live 5)
Elected officials, congregation members and the public fill pews at Mother Emanuel AME for day of prayer (Source: Live 5)
Elected officials, congregation members and the public fill pews at Mother Emanuel AME for day of prayer (Source: Live 5)

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Governor Nikki Haley says Tuesday's day of prayer is a reminder of how South Carolinians have come together over the last year-and-a-half, not a reminder of the tragedies during that time.

Monday Gov. Haley called for prayer vigils and church bells to ring across the state Tuesday at noon.

Several churches' bells in downtown Charleston could be heard ringing during the noon hour.

Haley along with several elected officials including Senator Tim Scott, Senator Mark Sanford, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon and Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen all attended the prayer service at Mother Emanuel AME.

Haley said with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday it's important to reflect on how the state has moved forward from some of its tragedies.

The governor called for prayers in two of the city's historic murder trials. Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager's trial continues in its third week, and the federal death penalty trial for Dylann Roof, who's accused of killing of nine Mother Emanuel AME worshipers, gets ready to start.

"The reason I held this is because this year we had to relive every single one of those tragedies again," Haley said. "We had to go through the one-year anniversary. With that, God threw us a curveball and we had Hurricane Matthew, we had a school shooting. These tragedies continue to happen."

Haley believes it's the faith and action from people in South Carolina that has helped the state make it through the tough times in 2015 and 2016.

"Faith alone is not good enough," she said. "Faith with action, and kindness, and love will always take us where we need to go."

Haley said the one constant throughout these tragedies was that people came together and showed love when these things happened which many people didn't understand.

Haley is asking for continued strength and healing as South Carolina recovers from Hurricane Matthew.

Haley added two days before Thanksgiving is a good time for people to count their blessings.

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