By Brian Livingston / firstname.lastname@example.org
The Meridian Star
From the blowing of the shofar, a Jewish horn to announce an assembly, to the Old Deep South, Black Gospel singing of "God Bless America," Meridian residents took part in the National Day of Prayer Thursday in downtown.
Dorothy Lloyd, coordinator for the 24th annual local event held in Meridian, the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer, said this day has been set aside for the nation to come together in prayer.
"It is a time to pray for us, as a community, our leaders locally, on the state and on the national level, and for our nation as a whole," Lloyd said. "Of course, we can pray any day and we should."
Leading clergy from a wide variety of faiths joined in the prayers. Each of the religious leaders took their turns to pray for a specific sector of American society including local, state, and national leaders.
"This day represents a united people who come together no matter their religious beliefs to pray for our country," said Barbara Henson, Ward 3 Meridian City Councilwoman. "This is a growing tradition."
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.