May 5, 2016
Contact: Caitlin Chelette
Public Information Assistant
Reminder: National Day of Prayer Event Scheduled at Noon, Today
LEESVILLE, La.-- Leesville Mayor Rick Allen would like to invite the public to an observance of the annual National Day of Prayer. The observance will be conducted at noon today on the lawn of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Leesville.

Join Mayor Allen, District Attorney Asa Skinner, Clerk of Court Willie Deon, Clerk of Court elect Jeff Skidmore, representatives from the Vernon Parish Police Jury and Sheriff's Office, Tax Assessor James Johnson and Tax Assessor elect Michael Bealer as they join together to pray for our nation, state, parish, and city.

"I'm honored to host this event in the City of Leesville," said Mayor Rick Allen. "I hope that today will serve as a call to action to boldly pray for our nation, state, parish and city and to give thanks to God for not only His mercy but also for the freedom we enjoy to worship as we see fit."

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for our nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Since its inception, this day has continually united Americans from all socio-economic, political, and ethnic backgrounds in prayer while also encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans and is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens to celebrate our most beloved freedom: the freedom to humbly come before God and seek His guidance in prayer (Source:

The theme for 2016 is "Wake Up America" calling all citizens to rise up and pray for the sake of our nation. The verse for this year is Isaiah 58:1a, "Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet."

Reverend Wesley Manning of East Leesville United Pentecostal Church will close the ceremony in prayer.

For more information about this event call Caitlin Chelette at 337.238.2284.

The City of Leesville, the best hometown in the world, is a historic yet visionary community. As the parish seat of Vernon Parish, where Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Center are located, the City of Leesville is home to military families, retired veterans and a growing and strongly patriotic citizenry that provides the basis of a well-rounded and work-ready workforce.   
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