Trophy Club, Roanoke and Westlake will host a communitywide observance for the National Day of Prayer May 1.The event starts at noon at the Trophy Club Clock Tower and will feature a presentation of proclamations officially declaring a Day of Prayer in their cities by Trophy Club Mayor Connie White, Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch and Westlake Mayor Laura Wheat. “I believe prayer works and we should pray for our leaders,” said Irma Thomas, program manager. “Because our nation was birthed in prayer I believe it’s important for the citizens of our nation and area to come together and give thanks to God for all the blessings we’ve received.”Residents are invited to pray for the nation, its leaders, military, schools, families or anything on their mind, according to the press release. Similar events will be happening in cities throughout the country.The Roanoke Fire Department Honor Guard will present the colors and members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will lead in the pledge of allegiance. There will be music and prayer from local pastors.Thomas has been working on Trophy Club’s Day of Prayer since 1993 and says she has consistently gotten feedback from residents who look forward to it every year. This is the 22nd year the National Day of Prayer has been held in this area and it is the 63rd year since it began in 1952 under President Harry S. Truman. The event is held on the first Thursday of May.Since the nation’s first “call to prayer” in 1775 when Congress asked the colonies to pray for the nation, American presidents had founded different days of prayer up to that point, according to the National Day of Prayer website.Thomas said last year there were more than 42,000 individual observances nationwide, and that this year 10 countries will participate.
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