OAK CREEK -- "It's an example to all of us for how to live our lives and how to overcome tragedy."
Robbie Parker knows a thing or two about tragedy. His 6-year-old daughter Emilie was killed in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting.
"These things shouldn't define people. You have to overcome it," Parker said.
That message is why the Sikh community asked robbie to talk at their memorial run/walk two days before the temple shooting anniversary.
"When you're around these people and you realize what they're trying to do today, you realize there's more good coming out of it than bad," Parker said. "In a way it's a healing process for me."
More than one thousand men, women and children came to Oak Creek High School for the 6k race -- one kilometer for each person killed August 5th.
But before the run, victim's families, friends and community leaders reflected on the last year.
"To look in their eyes and see that they feel the pain that we have felt in the last year," Kamaljit Saini said.
Saini's mother was killed in the temple. He struggled to talk to the crowd, but knows it's important he did.
"At the end of the day, the only reason I talk about her and the event is so that people don't forget," Saini said. "So people don't forget who she was. So people don't forget who the rest of the people were."
Organizers think today was a good step toward shaping a better future.
"It has brought so many religions, so many cultures, such diversity of faith together," Saini said. "What more could you ask for?"