Commissioner Baillie prays for disaster relief workers at National Day of Prayer, Indiana Statehouse May 5, 2011.

Thursday, May 5 we observed the 60th annual National Day of Prayer at the Indiana statehouse. Commissioner Kenneth Baillie, The Salvation Army Indiana Division Interim Leader was one of many city and state leaders on hand to pray for a specific group.

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage. Since the call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history. In 1988, Congress and President Reagan ammended the resolution and set the day as the first Thursday of every May. (excerpt from NDOP program)

Opening with a group chorus of “God Bless America, this year’s program included special music from Herron High School Concert Choir and prayer for missionaries, the world-wide church, national leaders and families, military personnel and families, and various other aspects of our community. Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Honorable Brian Bosma led guests in prayer for our Indiana General Assembly and Federal Legislators and their families. Commissioner Baillie gave a timely prayer for caregivers, disaster relief workers and their families.