Americans have always turned to prayer in times of joy and sorrow. Today is a day for all of us to take a moment.
People in Williamstown gathered in front of the city building to observe.
President Obama declared May 2, 2013 a National Day of Prayer.
The president says prayer brings communities together and can be a wellspring of strength and support, especially in the aftermath of senseless acts of violence, like the Boston bombing.
“We have observed this day here in the city for over 20 years and the ministerial association puts it all together,” says Mayor Jean Ford. “We ask to have it on the front steps of our city building and we're so thrilled that they do that because we honestly and earnestly know that this is a great time for prayer.”
Mayor Ford says with the state of our world and our country, prayer is the answer to everything.
She says if we all join together and pray, God will bless us and we really need to do that at a time like this.
Over in Marietta, crowds gathered to observe the national day of prayer too.
Not just prayer -- but local school kids sang as Putnam Street was blocked off for the event on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse.
They gained support, insight and a sense of community with others who found this day one that lifts them up.