Soldiers and families in Japan gather for National Day of Prayer
May 10, 2013
TORII STATION, Okinawa, Japan - Eighty Soldiers and Family members participated in a prayer breakfast to recognize National Day of Prayer. The event was hosted by the 10th Regional Support Group Chaplain's office on May 7 at the Havana Club.
Air Force Col. Steven P. McCain, the command chaplain for the 18th Wing, Kadena Air Base Japan, served as the guest speaker for the event.
"Today we come together to pray for America and also for each other. It's about prayer and our warriors understand the power of prayer," said McCain. "You know what it means to hold your battle buddy up and being there for battle buddy helps them through the tough times."
Soldiers and their Families enjoyed breakfast and fellowshipped throughout the event. It was an opportunity to break away from a routine day to pause and pray for the United States of America.
"It's a chance to break away from the normal daily grind and just reflect for a moment." said Maj. Jeffery C. Botsford, chaplain, 10th RSG.
National Prayer Day brings people of different faiths together to pray for the nation and its leaders. According to the website, National Day of Prayer, the event goes back to to the beginning of the country as the Continental Congress introduced the day in 1775 to set aside time to pray for our nation.
In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed the day into law and in 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law to make the first Thursday in May as the official day for National Day of Prayer.
For additional information on National Day of Prayer, please visit http://nationaldayof prayer.org.