National Day of Prayer in Memphis

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(Memphis) City wide services took place today in recognition of National Day of Prayer.

At St. Louis School in east Memphis, students attended morning Mass then gathered outside.

The school recently added a new wing which includes a flag poll. As students prayed, the flag was officially raised for the first time.

At Tiger lane, people represented all races and parts of the city, singing and praying, some in different languages.

The message was unity.

“We're to break down walls. South Memphis is the same as North Memphis and as Germantown,” said Shelby County Coordinator for National Day of Prayer, Carole Leek.

Leek encouraged everyone to pray with people they didn’t know.

In the past, the official event has been held at different locations all across the city.

This year, organizers hosted it at Tiger lane, because it’s a more central location.

Organizers hope to one day fill the Liberty Bowl.

This year was the first year for Lashanta Rudd to join in, “There's so much crime going on the city."

She hopes her prayers will help make a better city for her five kids.

Franklin Beam is praying for unity during a controversial and historic Memphis and Shelby County Schools merger, “I don’t care if there is one district or six districts. I do care if they are working together to do what’s best for the children," said Beam.

This group says the best thing for them to do, is pray.