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Day of prayer

A National Day of Prayer celebration will be held at noon Thursday on the lawn of the Crawford County Courthouse in Van Buren.

People from throughout the county will pray for businesses, media, education, military, families, church and government, according to David King, Day of Prayer chairman. “One Voice United in Prayer” will be the theme.

In the event of rain, the event will be held in the chapel at First Baptist Church in Van Buren.

“Civic prayers and national days of prayer have a long and venerable history in our constitutional republic, dating back to the Continental Congress in 1775,” King said. “The first call to national prayer, requested by the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation.”

He said the call to prayer has continued throughout history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” in 1863. In 1952 a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988 the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.

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