Surrounded by several area clergy, Evergreen Bible Church Pastor Steve Thibault speaks during Thursday's 61st annual National Day of Prayer in front of the Washington County Courthouse in Marietta. The event included a National Day of Prayer proclamation presented by Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews. Approximately 100 people gathered at noon in front of the courthouse on Putnam Street to pray for the nation. According to the National Day of Prayer website, nationaldayofprayer.org, in 1952 a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Harry Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Ronald Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. The crowd, including local and state officials, attended the 61st annual National Day of Prayer at the Washington County Courthouse Thursday afternoon. "Our theme this year is One Nation Under God," said Rodney Lord, an event coordinator and pastor of Valley Harvest Church in Marietta. He said the local event is part of a nationwide effort that brings pastors, business owners, community leaders and individuals together to pray for America and the world. Other local communities marking the National Day of Prayer Thursday included Williamstown, Parkersburg and Newport.
Ceremony at Washington County Courthouse for the National Day of Prayer