The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
Prayer brings people together. Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God's image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go. Prayer brings UNITY. In 2018, the theme will be Pray for America - UNITY, based upon Ephesians 4:3 which challenges us to mobilize unified public prayer for America, "Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
In Royse City, Texas, the city conducts an outdoor prayer vigil that includes the mayor, religious and civic leaders. The post chaplain was included in the ceremony by praying for our military and veterans. In attendance from Post 100 were members Dan Smith and Harry Campbell. When you look at what is happening in today's world, we believe more prayer is needed and it is refreshing to be in a city where prayer is important. We want to thank the city for the opportunity to represent our military and veterans in this moment of unity.