WEST (April 20, 2014) The First Baptist Church of West held it's Easter service outdoors today.
On a symbolic holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ, residents from West gathered right outside the Aderhold Funeral Home where they will worship every year on the Sunday following April 17th.
Close to 600 people were in attendance at the event.
Pastor John Crowder says recreating traditions was part of the recovery process.
"This anniversary is a tremendous step toward healing and hope," he said.
Many in attendance were from other congregations who came together to show solidarity.