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Lawton, Duncan take part in National Day of Prayer

LAWTON, Okla._The Lawton, Fort Sill and Duncan all took part in the National Day of Prayer.

The gatherings started at 8:00 a.m. and will last until 8:00 p.m. In addition to spoken prayer, the events also included music and dance intercessions throughout the day.

The gathering originally started in 1863, but a proclamation starting the National Day of Prayer was officially signed in 1952 by President Truman. Bishop Michael Collins says this is an opportunity for the community to come together for one cause.

"It's the unity of the community and for our law enforcement and our councilmen that our city may be united and grow together in praying for those jobs and for the welfare of the elderly and the welfare of our youth," said Bishop Collins.

Groups will not only be praying for their community, but for other countries, like earthquake-battered Nepal.

The event has been taking place in Lawton for more than a decade. Since 2011, it has been held at City Hall.

In Duncan, about 200 people attended the Mayor's Prayer Breakfast. The breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m., was patterned after the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C.

The inspirational speaker for the event was retired U.S. Army Major Ed Pulido, who spoke on the importance of honoring the sacrifices our military makes every day. He says he was happy to reach out to the Duncan community on the importance of honor and prayer.

"I'm grateful as a Hispanic and an American, to be able to be here and to promote not only our men and woman that fight for our freedom, but also to promote God, county and family," said Pulido.

Pulido is a founding member of the Warriors for Freedom Foundation, which provides mental, physical and wellness support for wounded veterans and their families.

The breakfast was also Duncan Mayor Ritchie Dennington's first public event. Mayor Dennington says he was pleased to connect with the Duncan community and encourage prayer in the town.

"I believe that any place that we can put God that it's a better thing. Prayer does work, it's not something that's always immediate, but it does work," said Dennington.

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