It's a crowd that grows each and every year, and this edition of the Blessing of the Bikes was no different. More than 16-hundred people, perhaps hundreds more, attended Sunday's event at Roxana Park which was sponsored by the Outlanders Motorcycle Club. It was the 14th annual event, and has grown in size each year.
Reverend Larry Lacher from the Roxana Church of the Nazarene officiated at the event, and offered prayers for safety for all those in attendance. The event is also a way for the many groups gathered to honor friends and loved ones who died over the past year, especially those who passed away while riding. A memorial has been established at the site, and more than two dozen names were added this year, with the number of names on the memorial now over 150 since the event began in 1998. The names are placed on bricks at a memorial at the park.