LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - The first Thursday in May has become a day many East Texans look forward to. Every year, the turn-out for the National Day of Prayer ceremony at Lufkin City Hall seems to grow.
"Oh, honey, I just look so forward to it..." said Mary Caples, attendant.
Year after year, Caples comes to pray with her neighbors.
"... It's just a day that we can gather together. This year is so special," said Caples.
Special, Caples says, because of Bin Laden's demise. Important because of the decade our military has fought the War on Terrorism .
"In appreciation for what they do for us. Without them we would not have the freedoms we have," said Caples.
Pastors and city officials took the pulpit one by one, leading prayers entwined with patriotism.
"Praying for the president for guidance and direction praying for protection for our country," said Dedie Cooley, Wife of Pres. Of Texas Bible College.
One of the highlights of the ceremony is the proclamation, read by the mayor. It states that this day will be a day of prayer in the City of Lufkin.
Uniting this community in prayer. Chaplain Gregory Friejo says our strength is in our diversity.
"The beauty of it is it's non-denominational. It's just people coming together who just want to pray," said Gregory Freijo, Chaplain.
The power of prayer is everything to Cooley. She brought her kids so they could experience this.
"The Bible says when 2 or 3 are gathered in his name that he would be there in the midst of them - so the more people you get - the better off you're going to be," said Cooley.
Friejo believes anything is possible when a community unites.
"It gives me a glimpse of heaven - all people coming together - just a little glimpse of Heaven," said Friejo.