Local citizens gathered Thursday afternoon to pray for America as part of the annual National Day of Prayer at the Putnam County Courthouse.
Local leaders from government, business, and churches prayed for all areas of the community from families and marriages to schools, economy and business.
“This is an opportunity for us to pray together, to unite,” Pastor Diantha McLeod of Burton’s Chapel United Methodist said.
Tennessee Tech Vice President Of Student Affairs Marc Burnett said education needs prayer as our nation does not do enough to support teachers.
“It’s a travesty to watch across our nation as they strike but we know they care,” Burnett said.
Burnett said it’s also important to recognize the educational role of grandfathers and grandmothers in educating children in different areas.
“Where our churches are broken, fix it. Where there is need, provide for it. Where there are divisions, bridge it,” First United Methodist Church Rob Wheeler said.
Wheeler said the church can be a place that brings people together in a divided America.
Shelton Campbell and Jimmy Thorpe opened the event with music of worship.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander visited Cookeville Thursday and spent time at the National Day of Prayer.
The event began in 1952 when President Harry Truman declared a national day for prayer and worship. President Ronald Reagan declared the first Thursday in May as the official day in a 1988 resolution.