unprecedented police presence in an otherwise bustling downtown district. Heavy security in Charlottesville, Virginia Saturday marking the one-year anniversary of a violent white nationalist rally. That plunged this picturesque college town into chaos. Metal detectors and barricades set up around the University of Virginia where last year.
Unite the Right supporters marched with tiki torches and chanted anti-Semitic and racist slogans. Reuters correspondent, Joseph Ax is in Charlottesville.>> I spoke to a number of business owners and residents. A lot of the business owners that have decided to remain open said they did so because they wanted to show solidarity with the city, show they're not afraid.
And a lot of the people that have come down here either to eat or to shop said much the same. That they deliberately came downtown, that they wanted to show that this is their city and that they weren't scared.
>> This weekend also reviving memories of 32-year-old Heather Heyer, killed when James Alex Fields Jr allegedly drove his car into a gathering of counter-protestors last year. A group of Antifa demonstrators silently marched to the site of her death carrying signs like Goodnight white pride and Goodnight alt-right. Kaitlin Turner and her son were right there when Heyer was killed, and a year later are still coping with the horror of that moment.
>> I was walking on 4th street and I didn't realize I was on 4th street, and I looked up and I saw the flowers and I just I just started busting out crying, downtown is hard.>> Residents finding comfort at community events like this one at the UVA campus.
>> We can't turn back the clock and undo the tragedies that occurred last year nor can we take away the pain.>> Attention now shifts to the nation's capital.>> Meanwhile in Washington, we know the organizer of the rally from last year, Jason Kessler has permission to hold a sequel across the street from the White House.
There's also a number of counter protests that have also received permission to be there. And so a lot of the attention tomorrow I think will be in Washington to see what happens there.>> President Donald Trump, who was criticized for not speaking out against the violence last year tweeted on Saturday.
We must come together as a nation, I condemn all types of racism and acts of violence".