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WHEREAS, the 67th observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, with the theme “PRAY for AMERICA: UNITY” based on Ephesians 4:3, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”; and
WHEREAS, a National Day of Prayer was first observed by members of the Continental Congress in 1775, and President Truman signed a joint resolution declaring an annual National Day of Prayer in 1952; and
WHEREAS, prayer plays a powerful role in the lives of people of all cultures, religions, and backgrounds, and serves as a source of moral and spiritual guidance for millions throughout the Commonwealth and the nation; and
WHEREAS, we unite with fellow citizens to exercise the freedom we have to gather in prayer to seek guidance, provision, protection, and purpose for the benefit of every individual and our Commonwealth as a whole; and
WHEREAS, the 100th United States Congress passed a resolution on May 5, 1988, proclaiming the observance of the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday of May each year thereafter; and
WHEREAS, National Day of Prayer is recognized by Virginians and Americans of all religious faiths, and those who participate will join in prayer to reaffirm our course as a democratic nation with the promise of liberty and justice for all;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 3, 2018, as NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.