Freedom of religion is a vital part of our heritage. And, it is every citizens’ right to peaceably assemble and pay tribute to our nation. Today, people at city halls across our region observed the annual National Day of Prayer with a strong call to community prayer. Oxford city residents, the Oxford city mayor, various members from departments within the Oxford City Hall, and local law enforcement officials gathered at the Oxford City Hall to pray for our country, their city, and to publicly pray for city workers by name. The first call to prayer was in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.