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April 20, 2014

Inaugural prayer breakfast in Duncan patterned after National Day of Prayer

DUNCAN — A new tradition will begin in Duncan on May 1 -- an annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.

The event will be patterned after the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C., said Sandy Stewart of the Duncan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is sponsoring the event.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. It invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

  Before that, the First Continental Congress asked for a National Day of Prayer in 1777, followed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed an amended law that designated the first Thursday in May the National Day of Prayer.

  Stewart, director of investor services for the chamber, said a local version of the even is needed.

“It’s a time of reflection and prayer for the community,” she said. “After all the things our community has gone through, the greatest thing we can do is come together and pray.”

State Sen. Corey Brooks, R-Washington, will be the guest speaker and the host will be Duncan Mayor Gene Brown.

 Stewart said organizers hope local churches will participate in the event.

  The Reflections Choir from Duncan High School will perform, she said, and there will be a duet sung by Ken Jones and Veronica Hodgson. Other musical entertain is still being arranged, Stewart said.

 The event will be at 8 a.m. at the Simmons Center on May 1.

 Tickets are $15. A full table sponsorship is $300 and a half table sponsorship is $150.

 Stewart said tickets can be purchased at the chamber office, 911 W. Walnut,  or by calling (580) 255-3644.

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