Karen Weiss prays for the American family Thursday at the National Day of Prayer at Killeen’s City Hall. 

Several local residents gathered with city officials at Killeen City Hall on Thursday afternoon for the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer.

Wil Brewster, the city’s volunteer services director, led the event, calling on various community members to lead the group in prayer.

“Today, we gather at City Hall in honor of National Day of Prayer to pray for our nation,” Brewster said as he opened the ceremony. “Our theme this year is ‘one voice united in prayer.’ Our senators and Congress have already begun this day with the National Prayer Caucus and today, as we join our voices in prayer for our nation, we, too, are an integral part of that caucus.”

Councilman Jared Foster presented a proclamation to Joel Lytle, chairman of the Killeen National Day of Prayer Committee, on behalf of Mayor Dan Corbin.

National Day of Prayer was enacted by Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. It’s observed annually on the first Thursday in May.

“Today, we gather in Killeen to join with millions across our country in observance of National Day of Prayer. The privilege of prayer has been a long-standing tradition in America,” Foster read from the proclamation. “On this day, all people are encouraged to pray as a sign of unity and support for our nation and its leadership. We realize the truly life-altering, world-changing prayer cannot happen in a single day, but we believe a commitment to daily prayer can make a change.”

The group banded together to pray for family, schools, businesses, the media, government, the military and the church.

A free sack lunch was offered to participants after the observance. Residents in Harker Heights also gathered at the Heights City Hall in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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