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LIHU‘E — In recognition of the National Day of Prayer, the public is invited to attend two events Thursday at the Lihu‘e Civic Center.
Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. will be issuing a proclamation at 8:30 a.m. at the Mo‘ikeha Courtyard, a county news release states.
“In the spirit of inclusiveness and tolerance, I would like to invite people of all faiths to join us for this event,” said the mayor.
Then at 11:30 a.m., the National Day of Prayer Task Force, Kaua‘i Island Ministries and island churches invite residents and visitors to the 60th annual observance at the rotunda “to pray for our nation,” states a news release from Pastor Roy Sasaki.
The first national day of prayer was declared in 1775 when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation, the county news release states.
On April 17, 1952, a bill proclaiming an annual National Day of Prayer was unanimously passed by Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman.
Thirty-six years later, Sen. Stron Thurmond (R-SC) introduced Senate bill 1378, which designated the annual NDP as the first Thursday in May, and a matching House version was initiated by Rep. Tony Hall (D-OH). The bill received broad bi-partisan sponsorship and support, and was signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on May 5, 1988.
For more information on the 11:30 a.m. event, call Pastor Larry Matsuwaki at 742-1505.
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