Volunteers and temple workers spent part of Saturday afternoon getting ready for a popular summer event.

They're preparing  for the Shinnyo Lantern Floating ceremony, by starting to put together the wooden lanterns and writing down the messages sent in by people who can't be there, but want a lantern floated in honor of their loved one. 

"Today we're applying the homeshi. What the homeshi is is a paper that surrounds the lantern that the prayer or remembrance is put onto it," explains Greg Takahasi.

About 7 thousand candlelit lanterns will be set afloat this Memorial Day in a beautiful ceremony that welcomes people of all faiths.