National Day of Prayer

By WEEK Reporter

May 5, 2011 Updated May 5, 2011 at 10:00 PM CDT

Thursday is the 60th Annual Observance of The National Day of Prayer.

At the Peoria County courthouse plaza and at the Law and Justice Center in downtown Bloomington and other local spots people came together to pray.

Congress designed The National Day of Prayer, and President Harry Truman signed it into law in 1952.

It is a day inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation and our communities.

"It's one of those things that can be taken for granted very easily," said Dan Wachtveitl, of Peoria, "that you aren't necessarily aware of it until you need it, which, you know, feel guilty about of course, but it's a reality."

The National Day of Prayer is observed on the first Thursday of May.

Thursday evening, dozens of people gathered in the Salem Lutheran Church in Peoria for the 8th annual "Pray For the Cure."
The evening of prayer and song was dedicated to survivors and all those impacted by breast cancer.

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