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Hundreds gather for prayer

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“Throughout history, Americans have turned to prayer for strength and wisdom,” Hutto said.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan set the National Day of Prayer for the first Thursday in May each year. Hutto said he starts each day with prayer, but pointed out at times he’s too busy to remember, and added “those days don’t go very well.”

Daniels was introduced by longtime friend, Wilson County Sheriff Terry Ashe, who called Daniels “an American hero, a good husband, father and a good neighbor.”

Daniels read a speech he had written for the occasion that went back to his remembrance of Pearl Harbor when he was 5 years old, to praying for soldiers on D-Day in 1944 and how society has changed since then.

“In our affluence, in our prosperity, we have turned our backs on our creator,” Daniels said, speaking out against having prayer removed from schools and the direction that he felt society was heading due to a lack of religious and moral commitment.

“Has American gone past the tipping point, is there any hope left? Our nation needs healing and our nation needs God,” Daniels said.

In addition to Daniels, elected officials such as Lebanon Mayor Philip Craighead, Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty and Watertown Mayor Mike Jennings spoke about how prayer has helped them make the tough decisions that have come with their elected positions.

District 17 State Sen. Mae Beavers said she often prays for her fellow legislators on Capitol Hill for having to make many hard decisions. District 46 State Rep. Mark Pody said he was not afraid to voice his religious belief on Capitol Hill.

“I am not ashamed to stand on Capitol Hill and say yes, there are Christians here. We are not ashamed to say who we are in God,” Pody said.

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