Friday will be a day of mourning for the City of Charleston, Mayor Joe Riley announced this afternoon.

All City offices will be closed, with the exception of Recreation facilities, Public Safety offices and Municipal Court.  The Fire Department stations will also be operational but stations will be staffed by outside fire agencies. All recreation programs will go on as scheduled.

On Friday, an 8:00 a.m.  a processional beginning downtown to West Ashley and then to the North Charleston Coliseum will be immediately followed by a 10:00 memorial service at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The SC Firefighters’ Association is coordinating the memorial service in coordination with the City of Charleston.  All inquiries about the service should be directed to a hotline manned by the Firefighters’ Association at 1-888-915-3010.