Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at noon on the steps of the Grayson County Judicial Center to observe and celebrate the National Prayer Day. According to Rev. Chessie Shartzer, who helped bring the event to Leitchfield over a decade ago, the event is a tradition in which to “pray for our struggling nation in good time and difficult, but most importantly it is to honor and exercise our most important freedom: the right to gather, worship and pray to God.”
Among those participating in the celebration were County Judge Executive Gary Logsdon, Mayor William Thomason, and Representative C.B. Embry. The Caneyville Elementary School choir also regaled the crowd with song, and the Grayson County High School Band performed.
The National Day of Prayer is a long-standing tradition in the U.S., tracing its roots back to 1775 when the Continental Congress set aside a day of prayer by proclamation. In 1952, the U.S. Congress set aside a day of prayer and in 1988 that law was amended, making May 1 the National Day of Prayer.