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National Day of Prayer held at Marine Corps Air Station New River

By Lance Cpl. Nathan Reyes | Marine Corps Air Station New River | May 3, 2018

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Marines, Sailors, retirees and family members joined to offer prayer for citizens and leaders of this country during the National Day of Prayer luncheon hosted by the National Day of Prayer Task Force at the Officer’s Club on Marine Corps Air Station New River, May 3.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, according to the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

The event included prayers from chaplains across the installation. During the time of prayer, the chaplains focused on members of the military, wounded veterans, families of service members and the nation’s leaders.

The task force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. The organization exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and families. The task force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible, according to the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

MCAS New River also welcomed guest speaker Navy Chaplain Capt. Joseph Cappar (Ret.) to illustrate the role of religion in the military community.

“It is honor for me to be able to be with the military community,” said Capper. “I served 17 years with the Marines during my career with the Navy Chaplain Corps, so it is really a privilege to be back with Marines particularly.”


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