National Day of Prayer to be held at DeLeon Plaza

More than 100 people are expected to gather at DeLeon Plaza on Thursday for an hour of prayer and patriotism.

The event celebrates National Day of Prayer, held annually in the United States since 1952 when then President Harry Truman signed a resolution into Congress. making the observance official.

Beginning at 11:50 a.m., patriotic music will be performed at the plaza, followed by opening remarks by event coordinator Raymond Smith, of Strong Families of Victoria, at 12:10 p.m.

"It's an encouragement for people to pray. Prayer is a weak point for many Christians, and it's good to pray for things that you may forget to pray for otherwise," Smith said. "This helps bring attention to specific things we need to remember."

Included in the lunchtime program is the presentation of colors by the Victoria Veterans Council, the Pledge of Allegiance and special music by Dennis Turpin.

Prayers also will be led by Victoria religious leaders of various denominational backgrounds on issues such as government, media, the church, education and families.

Gerry Wyant will serve as master of ceremonies, Kelly Stotler will serve as keynote speaker, and Steve Taylor, Joe Crisp, Les Cole, and the Rev. Greg Korenek are scheduled to lead prayers.

The prayer service is about one hour, ending about 12:50 p.m., Smith said. People of all religious backgrounds are welcome.

Limited seating is available, and guests are encouraged to bring a folding chair, if possible.