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The first National Day of Prayer took place 61 years ago on the first Thursday in May. Thursday, the tradition continued as more than 100 people gathered in downtown Youngstown to take part in the annual event.
The day started off with an interpretive dance that drew people to Federal Plaza.
Pastors and spiritual leader from various denominations spent the day at several events throughout the Valley, encouraging people to bring prayer into their daily lives.
“Pray for our city, pray for our nation and support those involved with the event,” said Boardman resident Jesse Griffin.
Many attending the event believe prayer could help solve the city’s problems from crime to unemployment.
“Prayer stops a lot of things, especially in the city of Youngstown with everything going on in the community,” said Warren resident Shamia Fudge. “We need stuff like this to watch over the city of Youngstown, the city of Warren.”
A counter movement to the National Day of Prayer is called the National Day of Reason. Several groups and organizations came up with the slogan to stress the separation of church and state in the Constitution.