More than 100 people gather to pray over Memorial Day weekend, bikers

Officials hope an evening of prayer and worship helps stem violence this Memorial Day weekend.

More than 120 people gathered at Carolina Forest Elementary on Thursday evening to pray over Memorial Day weekend and the thousands of motorcyclists it brings to the Grand Strand.

Joseph Washington, pastor of HOPE Church in Myrtle Beach, organized the “biker blessing” to promote safety, peace and unity among riders. Washington also wanted to kick off Atlantic Beach Bikefest with positive energy and affirmation.