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National Day of Prayer to be Held May 5

This year marks the 65th year of the National Day of Prayer and this year’s theme is ‘Wake Up America.’ The National Day of Prayer Task Force states on their website that the day is a vital part of America’s heritage and is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by Continental Congress in 1775. Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress, signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that:

“The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

To take part in the local observances, The 2016 National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 5, at noon on the Polk County Courthouse Lawn. In case of inclement weather, the meeting will be held at the Mena First Baptist Church Multi-Purpose Building. To learn more, visit


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