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White nationalists and anti-racism protesters will face off just metres from the White House on Sunday as both mark the one-year anniversary of violent clashes in Charlottesville.

The city is expecting large crowds to honor Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old killed when a auto rammed into a packed street of counter-protesters in downtown Charlottesville on August 12 2017.

In the USA, a year after a white supremacist rally and counter-protests turned deadly, the city of Charlottesville braces for violence.

The vice president also noted he and the second lady will be praying for the victims of that day in Virginia and continue praying Americans come together in new and renewed ways.

On Saturday, Trump condemned "all types of racism" in a Twitter post marking the anniversary.

However, most sights will be set on Washington, DC, where white nationalists are once again planning a "Unite the Right" rally, which previous year ended in tragedy in Charlottesville. Woolfork is also a Black Lives Matter Charlottesville organizer.

The organizer of last year's rally, local blogger Jason Kessler, has planned a sequel for Sunday in Washington after being denied a permit in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville officials said that as of 4:30 p.m. on Saturday three men were arrested "inside and in proximity to the security area in downtown Charlottesville".

The state of emergency will stay in place in Charlottesville through the weekend so people can go and honor Heyer's life along with the two state troopers who also died previous year.

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The rally attracted counter protesters, and clashes quickly broke out between the two groups.

In the year since, the city has taken steps toward meeting some of the activists' demands, despite resistance on some issues from the Republican- controlled state legislature.

"These are intentional acts, even though people may not see the rhyme or reason to it", Malone said.

"We the people of Washington, D.C. say unequivocally that we denounce hate, we announce that we denounce anti-Semitism, and we denounce the rhetoric that we expect to hear this Sunday", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Last year, 22-year-old Clara Carlson faced down the group of white supremacists who marched through campus, surrounding her and a group of friends.

During an interview this summer, Kessler said he was still "coming to terms" with what happened past year and said he apologised to Heyer's family. On Saturday night, she was angry at the police response to the student rally.

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Peter Cvjetanovic, right, appears with neo-Nazis, alt-right supporters and white nationalists holding tiki torches and chanting at counterprotesters in Virginia on August 11, 2017. Thirty-two-year-old counter-protester Heather Heyer was killed by self-described white supremacist James Alex Fields Jr., who rammed a auto into a crowd at high speed.

"I felt the need to be here and support the businesses", Falzer said as she ate lunch at a diner on Main Street. And two Virginia state troopers died when their surveillance helicopter crashed near the protests.

A report on last year's rally found city and state police weren't able to communicate by radio during the unrest because they didn't properly coordinate ahead of time.