Several local events are planned in connection with today’s 62nd National Day of Prayer.

The theme of the nationwide observance, held annually on the first Thursday in May, is “Pray for America.”

Local pastors, led by Praise Fellowship pastor Dan Galanffy, began organizing National Day of Prayer events several weeks ago. About 20 events are scheduled today in the Killeen-Fort Hood area, he said.

In Killeen, a noon prayer program is scheduled at Killeen City Hall, in the council chambers. A free lunch will follow.

At Fort Hood, the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel will have a prayer event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.

In addition, the chapels of both Metroplex Hospital in Killeen and Seton Medical Center Harker Heights will be open all day for those wanting to offer prayers.

The day’s observances will culminate with a regional program at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, beginning at 7 p.m.

The National Day of Prayer was enacted by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry Truman.

More than 2 million people are expected to attend some 50,000 prayer events nationwide, and hundreds are expected to participate locally, Galanffy said. For a list of events, go to

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