RED RIVER ARMY DEPOT, Texas -- Team members at Red River Army Depot gathered for a program in observance of the National Day of Prayer on May 2.

The theme for the program was "Love One Another" and featured keynote speaker Rev. Donnie Mooney, pastor of the Northside Assembly of God, Texarkana, Texas. The program was coordinated by Red River's Community Support Office.

Master of Ceremonies Marshal McKellar, Business Management Office Director, welcomed the audience and the program began with remarks from RRAD Commander Col. Stephen M. York.

"I really appreciated all of you taking the time out to be a part of this program," York said. "I look forward to us having the opportunity to continue events like this one."

York was followed by the invocation and a unison reading of Psalms 23 lead by McKellar. Karen Green, a team member in the Directorate for Information Management, offered special music.
The guest speaker was introduced by RRAD Chief of Staff Mike Lockard. Mooney spoke about the importance of making prayer a priority in every area of life.

"Many times we come to the Lord and we include him in the journey but I think it's important that we go to the Lord first," Mooney said. "We need to have a rally cry that in everything we do, we pray first. When we wake up, we pray first. Before we go to bed, we pray first. What would it honestly look like if we included God in every area of our lives?"

Mooney continued by telling the audience that prayer can be simply a few words before one encounters any situation.

"Smith Wigglesworth says this: I never pray more than 20 minutes but I never go 20 minutes without praying," Mooney said. "Prayer needs to be always be a first respond and not a last resort."

Following Mooney, The Butler Brothers, Matthew and Brandon Butler, sang two musical selections. The brother were followed by closing remarks from York and the unison reading of The Lord's Prayer.

Following the program, all attendees were invited for refreshments provided by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office.

The National Day of Prayer began in 1953, when President Dwight Eisenhower invited several congressional prayer groups to join him for the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast. The name was changed to the National Prayer Breakfast in 1970 and the tradition was extended to military installations, state capitals and cities.