[caption id="attachment_28181" align="aligncenter" width="640"]<img class="size-large wp-image-28181" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2017\/06\/Rainelle-United-Methodist-Church-1688x3000.jpg" alt="" width="640" height="1137" \/> (Photos by Peggy Mackenzie)[\/caption]\r\n<h1>\u201cThis is our way of saying we love you, we care, we\u2019re still here for you and we appreciate everybody,\u201d said Mayor Andrea Pendleton a year to the day after the June 23, 2016, flood, at a candlelight remembrance service held at a packed Rainelle United Methodist Church last Friday evening.<\/h1>\r\nIt was an emotional time for the people of Rainelle.\r\n\r\nPendleton put together the candlelight vigil with 500 votive candles set in paper bags lining the sidewalk and the steps up to the door of the church, as a way to express remembrance of those who passed away and those who were impacted by the flood.\r\n\r\n\u201cI loved them and knew every one of them, but this is my way of remembering them,\u201d said Pendleton in a press release.\r\n\r\nThe mayor wanted to reach out and invite those from other communities to attend as well. Four people in the Rainelle community lost their lives in the flood. The program for the evening included remembrance of all 23 of the victims who died throughout West Virginia.\r\n\r\nThe remembrance service included remarks from retired President of the Rainelle VFD board and retired Chief George Brooks, who offered recognition for the heroic efforts of the first responders and rescue teams during the flood. Dave Lumsden with the Greater Greenbrier Long-Term Recovery Committee, along with several local residents, shared stories of their flood experiences, and State Senator Ron Miller gave a pastoral message to the gathering. The Greenbrier Springhouse Entertainers also participated in the ceremonies, as did director of entertainment at The Greenbrier, Jeff Bryant, who played \u201cTaps\u201d on his trumpet at the close of the ceremony.\r\n\r\nCutlines: The Rainelle United Methodist Church, the site of the Candlelight Remembrance Service in Rainelle on June 23, 2017, the one-year anniversary of the flood.\r\n\r\nAttendance was standing room only inside the church, as community members heard services for those who were lost one year ago.