Sikh Temple survivors say much work still needs to be done five years after shooting
Pardeep Kaleka last saw his father on his birthday August 3, 2012.
He remembers him laughing and playing with the children in the family.
Two days after that, Kaleka, a temple leader at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, died fighting off an enraged gunman who went on to kill six that day before being killed by responding police officers.
"We're still struggling as a community," admits Kaleka. "With that comes the thoughts of my father and what he would do. How would he build the community?"
The temple, as it has from the very first days after the tragedy five years ago, is leading the way in remaining open in the face of cruel tragedy and inviting the community to join them during a weekend of commemorations.
Prayers will be going on from Friday morning until Sunday night.
On Saturday, there's a fun run/walk.
They'll also be taking blood and non perishable food donations.
Mandeep Kaur was headed to the temple that day when the shots rang out. She doesn't have survivor's guilt.
Rather, she feels a responsibility to bring about understanding and tolerance.
"I've taken a different approaching by going out and doing an outreach to not only understand our community and the community at large. It's not her, him it's bringing everybody together under one platform."
"This is a good time for families to gather," added Kaleka. "It's somber. But we're also celebrating five years of relentless optimism."
To see the interview from the CBS 58 News at 4 click here