MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel was adorned in orange Thursday night as part of a symbolic gesture to bring attention to gun violence in the U.S.
Thursday was National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and more than 300 influencers, corporations, mayors and over 75 landmarks across the country took part in the Wear Orange Campaign, according to a press release.
In South Carolina, the SkyWheel joined the Nickelodeon Theater in Columbia; and the ONE Building, RiverPlace and NEXT Innovation Center in Greenville in glowing orange Thursday in support of the campaign.
Across the country, landmarks like the Empire State Building began turning orange on Wednesday, which was the start of Gun Violence Awareness Month, the release stated.
Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire.
According to the release, Pendleton's friends decided to honor her life by wearing orange, which is the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others.
A number of people were standing near the SkyWheel Thursday night wearing orange T-shirts and holding signs with slogans such as "We can end gun violence."