National Day of Prayer May 5

The members of the CT State Society of the Daughters of the American Colonists (DAC) and the Sarah Riggs Humphreys-Mary Silliman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) wish to remind people of all faiths that Thursday, May 5 is the 65th annual National Day of Prayer.

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983). Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation.

The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952, and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year.

With everything happening in our nation from natural disasters to man-made tragedies it is more important than ever for our nation to pray for strength and hope. The theme this year is Wake up America. We urge you to visit

and at noon on Thursday, May 5 join the Nation in reciting the special prayer written by Dr. Tony Evans. People of all faiths and every nationality are encouraged to pray every day and especially on our National Day of Prayer.

The DAC and the DAR perpetuate the memory and spirit of the men and women who won American independence. These groups dedicate themselves to historical preservation, promotion of education, and encouragement of patriotic endeavor. Any woman over 18 who can prove an ancestor served in the American Revolution is a prospective member. For more information on the DAC visit For more information on the DAR, visit