The annual National Day of Prayer will be recognized across the area on Thursday at noon.
Each year, millions answer the call to prayer on the first Thursday in May. This year’s observance will be the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, with the theme as “One Voice, United in Prayer.”
Organized events are held in thousands of public venues where intercession is made for America and its leadership. Several local services are being held.
One local service recognizing the National Day of Prayer will be held outside of Harrogate City Hall. In Tazewell, the service will take place at the old Claiborne County Courthouse. A ceremony will take place in Middlesboro at the bandstand in the city parking lot and Pineville will have a ceremony on the old courthouse steps. All services begin at noon.
In Harrogate, the program includes several area citizens praying for families, the church, government, education, youth, military, first responders, the media, business, natural resources and the nation as a whole. The Thomas Walker Color Guard will participate and there will be patriotic music during the program.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the event closest to them.
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
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