San Bernardino – Saturday, December 2nd marked the second painful anniversary of the 2015 terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.
In acknowledgement of this solemn anniversary, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman Robert Lovingood reminded the community of the fourteen beautiful souls taken from us, in addition to the countless others who were forever scarred that December.
Although two years have passed since the terrorist attack, “each day we think about those who are no longer with us, those who are still healing physically and emotionally, and the impact this horrific tragedy has had on our San Bernardino County community,” Lovingood stated. “The grief, the anger and the fear remain. We are still unable to grasp what drives this brand of evil.”
On Saturday at 10:55am, the time of the attack, the County Environmental Health Services family and the Board of Supervisors encouraged local residents, wherever they were, to join them for a moment of remembrance. San Bernardino residents were also encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff in honor of the lives taken or shattered that December day.
“And we ask that you continue to pray for those who are still healing, and show love and appreciation to your families, friends, and neighbors,” Lovingood encouraged.
Lovingood also used the occasion to provide an update on the progress of a permanent December 2, 2015 memorial. “Under the guidance of a memorial committee headed by Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzalez and including members of the Environmental Health family, the county is close to selecting a consultant with experience in public arts and memorials to guide and facilitate our search for an artist to design the memorial.”
It has only been two years and many continue to struggle from the events of that tragic day. The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers information on managing stress after a traumatic event online at http://store.samsha.gov/shin/content/SMA13-4776.pdf.
The agency also offers assistance via its Disaster Distress Helpline. It offers help and support for any distress that you or someone you care about related to any disaster, including violence. To reach the Helpline call (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs (Spanish speakers text Hablanos) to 66746. This service is available 24/7.