ROSWELL, Ga. – For the past 11 years, Roswell has taken part in the National Day of Prayer at City Hall. This year was no different, as the annual ceremony was held May1 before the Faces of War Memorial.
Leading the prayers was Roswell’s the Rev. Neville Billy, the regional coordinator of the Day of Prayer.
Representatives from the Beth Hallel congregation sounded the Shafar, a Jewish horn, to open the prayers. Throughout the ceremony, prayers were given to those in all aspects of life – from business and government to education and entertainment – to have wisdom in their actions and thoughts.
Roswell Councilmember Rich Dippolito gave the prayer for those in government. He said he had recently returned from a trip to Honduras.
“There is nothing like going to a third-world country to appreciate what you have,” he said.
The first National Day of Prayer was established in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, who said, “It is fit and becoming in all people, at all times, to acknowledge and revere the Supreme Government of God; to bow in humble submission...” Since then, the National Day of Prayer has become a day for all religions to give prayers for the nation and its residents.
The 116 Army National Guard Band performed “Taps” and the ceremony’s music, while the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band blew out “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes.
“Roswell is truly blessed,” said Roswell Mayor Jere Wood.