National Day of Prayer will once again be observed in the City of Sulphur. This year's community-wide event will begin at noon on Thursday, May 2, at the Heritage Square Pavilion.
Established by an act of Congress in 1952, the National Day of Prayer has become a significant event in the lives of many Americans here as well as those abroad, most significantly for those at U.S. military bases and embassies around the globe. With the assistance of more than 30,000 volunteers, thousands of events are organized and held each year on the first Thursday of May.
And just as each year the President and all 50 governors sign proclamations declaring the special day, Mayor Chris Duncan has also issued a proclamation that May 2, 2013 be acknowledged and recognized by the entire City of Sulphur community as National Day of Prayer.
"Prayer was regularly practiced and often referred to publicly by the men who wrote and signed our Constitution, and a Day of Prayer is one of our oldest national observances," stated the mayor in the proclamation.
He then added, "there has not been a time in recent history when prayer for our nation was more urgent, lifting up those who are in authority and those who are on the battlefield, prepared and willing to give the ultimate sacrifice so that we can live in peace and quietness, in godliness and dignity" and that the "City of Sulphur recognizes Proverbs 14:34, which states that 'righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is reproach to any people,' agreeing with Americans throughout the nation on the urgent need for prayer by our citizenry."
The Town of Vinton will also be observing the day with a ceremony at their Town Hall beginning at 9 a.m. on May 2.
Sulphur's observance will be held at Heritage Square Pavilion, located just south of Henning Cultural Center on Ruth St. Lunch will be provided to attendees.
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